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Svetlana Jovanovic

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Svetlana Jovanovic

"The Presence-Absence-Ambivalence series is a dreamy, poetic exploration of the body as both literal subject and metaphor."

"Each image is a visual record of a body’s experience in space, an exploration of the emotionally charged negative-space between a body and its environment, and the way body and environment are intertwined. While visually beautiful and palatable, these works are meant to evoke a range of reactions, from serenity to discomfort."

"I focus on the Body as a subject for the rich symbolism, inherent meaning, and diverse readings that the simple use of the human figure can evoke. The body can serve as stand-in for interior identity or represent the pressures of external society. It can be interpreted as both object and subject, represent an individual, a group, or the human experience as a whole. As a symbolic vessel, it contains an ocean of meaning."

"While appearing spontaneous, these images are carefully choreographed performances between the body and its surroundings, purposefully ambiguous and removed from clear contextual frameworks. My work is situated at an intersection between the artificially created, theatrical set-ups used by many contemporary photographers and a form of live, ephemeral performance documentation. Each image is a record of the subject’s exploration of space and search to find a place for the body within the frame of both the environment and the photograph. Frequently self-portraiture, the work also records my process of making my internal experiences completely open and vulnerable, a performative study of the boundary between body and surrounding space."


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