Ana Kršinić-Lozica

Current living place:
Zagreb, Croatia

Ana Kršinić-Lozica

Research assistant Croatian museum of architecture

  • Former activities:

    Freelance curator and art critic

  • Examples of concrete activities I have organized/am organizing in the field of “dealing with the past”:
    • Collaborates on the NGO project Secret Exhibitions that deals with the issue of censorship in visual arts in Yugoslavia and in Croatia after 1991. The research includes: classical censorship (disabling communication between an artwork and its public), gray zone (cultural politics and market demands) and politics of remembrance (damnatio memoriae of socialist cultural heritage, vandalisation of National Liberation Struggle monuments as a form of censorship).
    • series of exhibitions in private apartments and in galleries (Zagreb, 2010, 2011) – works that have been censored, or that reflect on the issue of censorship
    • panel discussions (Zagreb, Belgrade, 2010 – 2011)
    • Secret Papers (2010) – publication with interviews of artists, designers and theatre directors on censorship

  • Concrete challenges I am facing in my “dealing with the past”-related work:

    The biggest challenge in context of memorialisation is relation between presentation and trauma, where a latent operation of trauma is integral part of any presentation undermining it and making it insufficient. Problem of presenting a trauma is additionally complicated by relation between objectification of the trauma through monuments/museums and construction of a collective identity. Since 20th century history of the region of ex-Yugoslavia is marked with cuts during which the history has been rewritten and collective identity reformed. Remembrance of some of the key events of 20th century is coloured with ideological connotations.

  • My personal link to/interest for the topic of “dealing with difficult pasts”:
    My interest in memorialisation of difficult heritage is primarily linked to complexity of the topic that enables interdisciplinary approach, including comparison of different representational strategies used to represent trauma in visual and performing arts, architecture, literature and museology. In my PhD studies I focus on several places of memory related to traumatic events from the WWII, where I am interested in memory practices from period of socialist Yugoslavia, as well as in changes in remembrance (regarding artistic representations of traumatic events) that took place after the breakup of the former state. My research constellate around questions to do with aesthetic and ethic dimensions of memorialisation; relationship between historiographic discourse and artistic and literary practices in presentation of the trauma, and role of visual and textual in process of forming collective memories.