Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Vesna Pavlovic` author of Vesna Pavlović’s Lost Art: Photography, Display, and the Archive for a discussion with Susan Edwards (The Frist Center for the Visual Arts), Veronica Kavass (moderator), Nancy Reisman (Vanderbilt University), Katie Wolf (Hanes Art Gallery), and Anna Zeitlin (Zeitgeist Gallery).
This thoughtful and attractive volume is the first to focus on the important Serbian-American photographer Vesna Pavlović. The exhibition Vesna Pavlović: Lost Art at the Hanes Art Gallery in late 2016 addressed the geography of the post-Cold War world, comprising narratives of location and dislocation in a global context. Born and raised in Serbia, Pavlović received her BFA in cinematography from the University of Belgrade and then went on to earn an MFA in visual art from Columbia University. She is currently associate professor in the Department of Art at Vanderbilt University. The movement from Belgrade to New York, and the combination of cinematography—especially the notion of the projected image—are themes that run through her art. Much of her work mines history and personal experience to ask the viewer to consider both the utopian impulses and, at times, empty pageantry of sites of display. Her masterful plotting of installation draws upon a cinematic sense of mise-en-scene in a way that encourages us to question photography’s perceived “truth.” This consideration of the nature of the photographic image, or, in her words, “the photographic moment,” also allows her to explore related questions of memory and representation.
Designed by Stephanie Sauer of artlyrics, the book contextualizes Pavlović’s photographs and installations in relationship to art history, the legacy of the Cold War in Eastern Europe, and contemporary display practices. Edited by Morna O’Neill, it features five essays by award-winning art historians and curators, as well as an artist’s portfolio.
Susan Edwards, Executive Director & CEO of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. She is a recognized expert in the areas of nineteenth and twentieth century art and the history of photography. Veronica Kavass is a writer and private investigator. In 2012, she launched her second book, Artists in Love, at Parnassus. She is currently working on a collection of essays titled A Nashville Refrain. Nancy Reisman (Vanderbilt University) is the author of the novels Trompe L’Oeil and The First Desire, a NY Times Notable book, and the short story collection House Fires, recipient of the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Katie Wolf is the Assistant Director of the Charlotte and Phillip Hanes Art Gallery at Wake Forest University. The Hanes Gallery exhibits mostly contemporary art by artists working globally. Anna Zeitlin manages Zeitgeist, the Wedgewood-Houston gallery where Vesna Pavlović is represented among a staple of Nashville’s art scene since 1994.