Ana Adamović (b. 1974) is dealing with issues of identity and memory, both personal and collective, by working on the long-term photography and video projects. She graduated at the department for the World Literature at the Belgrade University and studied photography at the Art Institute of Boston. She is a PhD in Practice candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna. She founded, alongside Milica Pekić, the Belgrade based Kiosk-platform for Contemporary Art.
Selected exhibitions: Terra Mediterranea: In Action, NiMAC, Nicosia / Fabrica’s Cave, Pafos (2017); The One Who Became the Color on a Flag, Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, New York (2015); Europe. South East. Recorded Memories, Museum of Photography, Thessaloniki (2015); Fiery greetings, Museum of Yugoslav History, Belgrade (2015); South by Southeast, Osage Art Foundation, Hong Kong (2015); Two choirs, Salon of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2014, solo); Views:Visions. Sketches of Serbian Art After 2000, Documenta 2011, Städtische Galerie Leerer Beutel / Kunstforum Ostdeutsche Galerie, Regensburg (2011); Threshold of the Golden Age, Belgrade Cultural Center (2010, solo); Night Pleases Us, 51st October salon, Belgrade (2010); Without Borders, Galerie ArtPoint, Vienna (2005, solo); Relational Beauty, Stockholm (2004); Private and Public Space, Bathrooms, Lindart gallery, Tirana (2003, solo).
In her video works and installations, Ana Adamović invokes historical events and forgotten narratives, relevant in the process of building one’s personal and collective identity. As a starting point, Two Choirs takes the school custom of offering photo albums to Tito, featuring almost invariably a choir in his homage. The same is the case with the photo depicting a school choir of the Institute for the Education of Deaf Children in Zagreb, sent on his birthday in 1962; children are captured while singing, despite their hearing and speech impediments, while being subjected to ideological manipulation. In her video, Adamović reenacts that situation and corrects it: this time the children perform in sign language the national anthem from the 60s.