Institutional holdings from the collection and the library
of the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten
Anna Dasović’s artistic practice is focused on the rhetorical structures that make genocidal violence visible, and those deployed to obscure the politically inconvenient aspects of such conflicts. What are representations of violence intended to communicate despite their original intentions? What ideological narratives do such representations participate in on a structural level?
Though Dasović studied photography, and although her installations and videos retain an element of formal precision, she now works in a broadly interdisciplinary manner. Her methodology involves archival research, fieldwork, interviews, and bibliographic research in the relevant bodies of literature. This has resulted in the development of parallel projects at the Rijksakademie: one is centred on the role of representation during the wars in the former Yugoslavia, and the other seeks to reveal traces of classist, sexist, racist, and colonial ideology in the Rijksakademie’s own library and collections. During RijksakademieOPEN, Dasović presents an installation of material drawn from within the Rijksakademie, together with a sound installation she created with other residents. Her intention is to produce an environment where these institutional holdings implicate the viewer and the institution in their violence, but also de-naturalize them. Dasović seeks to both situate these constructs in a different era, and make their current existence within the institution viscerally intolerable – rather than merely invisible.