Visual Arts: Remember the Day in Pictures



The explorations of Vesna Pavlović into our motivations for taking photographs and how we experience them are showcased in a major exhibit that opened in June at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. The exhibit, Projected Histories, ran through Sept. 11.

Pavlović, assistant professor of art at Vanderbilt, gave a talk about her work on Sept. 1 at the Frist Center.

“In my most recent work, the photography practice itself is the subject, and is explored through the transformation of the image and its perception within various viewing conditions,” Pavlović says.

The show includes a series of “found” slides from the vacations of one family through the years, starkly colorful photographs of vacant hotel interiors in Pavlović’s native Serbia, and a series of photos of basketball fans watching games in Serbia, the United States and Greece.

“Vesna Pavlović shows that photography’s apparent truthfulness allows it to both conceal and reveal cultural attitudes,” says Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center.

Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Pavlović earned a bachelor’s degree in cinematography from the University of Belgrade and went on to earn a master’s degree in fine arts from Columbia University. Her work has been exhibited widely, including solo shows at the Museum of History in Yugoslavia in Belgrade and the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, Calif.

Pavlović’s exhibit was featured in the Gordon Contemporary Artists Project Gallery at the Frist Center. It coincided with an Andy Warhol show at the Frist, Warhol Live: Music and Dance in Andy Warhol’s Work, and was accompanied by a gallery guide written by photography scholar and Frist Center Executive Director Susan H. Edwards.

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