Katarina ZDJELAR

  • Born 1974 Belgrade, Yugoslavia
  • Based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Katarina Zdjelar works with different modes of expression, including video and performance, that focus on the relationship between speech and language. “When I speak a language other than my mother tongue, my speech falls between me speaking language and language speaking me,” notes the artist, whose homeland is former Yugoslavia, a country described as having “seven frontiers, six republics, five nationalities, four languages, three religions, two alphabets, and one state.” In Shoum, two Serbian men replay a British band’s 80s hit and try to transcribe its lyrics. In Zdjelar’s work, language is depicted in a state of ambiguity and contingency, bringing to relief the implicit connection between language and identity in contemporary society, the tension which arises in the liminal space between different cultures and languages, and the plight of today’s immigrants who inhabit these zones of in-betweenness.

Selected Works

Katarina Zdjelar: AAA (Mein Herz) (solo), Hartware MedienKunstVerein [HMKV], Dortmund, Germany
Katarina Zdjelar Vladimir(solo), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, forming in the pupil of an eye, Kochi, India
5th Moscow Biennale, Space of Exception, Moscow, Russia
53rd Venice Biennial, Serbian Pavilion, Venice, Italy
  • Shoum, 2009