Katarina Zdjelar: Rehearsing Closeness
19.01.2022 10:00
Katarina Zdjelar: Rehearsing Closeness
3 December 2021–8 January 2022 (extended until 19 January 2022)

We kindly invite you to the opening of Katarina Zdjelar's solo exhibition entitled Rehearsing Closeness, which will take place on Friday, 3 December 2021, at 7 p.m. in KiBela, space for art.


In her films, Katarina Zdjelar explores the relationship between sound and image and their connection to the human organism, which, through voice and sight, produces something that simultaneously belongs and does not belong to this organism –  something that returns to it from its physical surroundings, from the space of sociality, from a space defined by rules of regulation and power structures. Through her personal experience of moving from one cultural milieu to another, the artist questions the ways in which learning a language or any form of disciplining the voice and sound (e.g. singing, language or music exercises) apposite the body within the given cultural and ideological frameworks, and how the body responds to this kind of framing. Her films are almost never about depicting the entirety of a situation, but rather a series of details connected by the moving eye of the camera placed in the centre of the action, where it thus becomes part of the body, moving within a certain orchestrated and enclosed system. (excerpt from the text by Branislav Dimitrijević)

Katarina Zdjelar
grew up in Belgrade and is currently based in Rotterdam. Working mainly in the medium of moving image and installation, her work explores the way one body encounters another as a site of resistance and possibility, pointing to the fragile agency of collective action in the present. Voice, music, sound and language have been the core interests throughout her practice. Her most recent works look at potentials and legacies of pacifist (proto) feminist practices, including that of Käthe Kollwitz and Dore Hoyer. Zdjelar holds an MA in Fine Art from the Piet Zwart Institute in Rotterdam, she is a graduate of the University of Arts Belgrade and has completed a two year residency at the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. Zdjelar represented Serbia at the 53rd Venice Biennale and has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally at such venues as 11th Berlin Biennale, Stedelijk Museum Bureau Amsterdam; Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; Frieze Foundation, London; Casino Luxembourg; De Appel, Amsterdam, MACBA Barcelona; MCOB Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade; Museum Sztuki Lodz. She was awarded several prizes, most recently the MMSU Award of the 24thZagreb Salon (2019), Dolf Henkes Prize (2017), as she was one of the nominees for the Dutch Prix de Rome Award (2017, 2010). Zdjelar is also an educator in her post as a core tutor at Piet Zwart Institute (MA Fine Art), WdKA Rotterdam and Master Artistic Research at Nederlandse Film Academy in Amsterdam.

Admission is free. You can attend the event in accordance with the RVT protocol and NIPH recommendations.

The exhibition is co-funded by the Mondriaan Fonds, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Maribor.

< Katarina Zdjelar, Not A Pillar Not A Pile (Dance for Dore Hoyer), 2017 / 2021, screen capture.

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