Andrea Palašti is a visual artist active in the field of research and exhibition practice that experiments with archives and methodologies which emphasizes issues of cultural geography, history and the everyday life. Through her work, she questions the memory, subjectivity and identity, as well as the responsibilities of history, which then plays an important role in knowledge exchange. Andrea holds a master’s degree in Photography from the Academy of Art, University of Novi Sad, Serbia. In 2015, she graduated with PhD in Art and media theory from the University of Arts in Belgrade.
Currently, she is working on a project which explore private photographs taken during the Holocaust by families who went into hiding as tourists abroad. Often through false documents, these Jewish families were buying themselves an apparent safety, a temporary mise-en-scène on which they needed to act. These photographs were often made as snapshots or holiday photos, landscape or cityscape shots, but only when we find out the context of the image, the contrast between – the actual truth and the played out truth – increases: a beautiful landscape or a smile can mean quite the opposite when they meet the circumstances of why the image was made. During her Fellowship at the Volkskundemuseum, she will look into the archive of the private photographs taken during 1930-1950 by Austrian families, and examine the potential of photography to tell (a) history, by contrasting the visually similar photographs taken in entirely different contexts. The project wish to question our relation to these images and their meaning, to question the power of representation – photography’s means for constructing, understanding, and testing reality. In a form of a visual essay, the research will depend on language interpretation and subtle politics, which will be placed on the border of Reality and Fiction, History and personal – small (hi)Stories.