'Concerning: request for erased and ‘blurry’ images', still from the testimony of Witness F, pointing to a photograph in the courtroom of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, 2015 - ongoing, installation, dimensions variable
Born Amsterdam (NL), 1982
The long-term, heavily researched projects of Anna Dasović question the role of documents and testimonies that relate to wars and violent conflicts in recent history. The production and use of (visual) documents are examined in relation to their quest for truth finding, the social and political perceptions they seek to instrumentalize, while simultaneously examining their legislative and archival ability to cope with trauma caused by violence. Departing from her own family background, the artist turns personal histories that are marked by silence, guilt and shame to point to universal narratives around the representation of violence. Here the archive serves both as a metaphor and a physical place of collective humiliation and remorse, while revealing the frame as an essential actor in violence, rather than merely its representation.
Her current research (When people are exhibited to disappear) questions the role of representation around the genocide in Srebrenica during the Bosnian War, in which
Dasović examines the historical and aesthetic figure of the erasure and its potential to represent genocide beyond merely replicating the gaze of the perpetrator.
She reveals different levels of hesitation and erasure that mark representations of Srebrenica (both aesthetic and political), in spite of being the most thoroughly researched and documented genocide in the world to date.