Anna Dasović 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 such extreme violence intended to communicate despite their original intentions? What ideological narratives do such representations participate in on a structural level?
Central to her work is an exploration into the figure of the bystander and the ways in which the unimaginable and the unrepresentable—categories produced by the discourse on genocide—are evoked to reject the responsibility of witnessing through representation. Dasović is interested in that rejection and in the exclusion of knowledge that is held in the body but denied by society’s authorizing structures.
With a background in photography, Dasović now uses an interdisciplinary approach including archival research, fieldwork, and interviews. Her work, often the result of long-term engagements, result in installations, video montages, photography, sound or text-based works.
Her work has been exhibited in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Framer Framed, Stedelijk Museum and SMBA in Amsterdam, Survival Kit Latvia, Bergen Assembly, Württembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, Kunstverein Braunschweig, Museum for Modern and contemporary art (MAMA) Algiers and the Museum of Yugoslav History in Belgrade. She has previously been artist in residence or held fellowships at Künstlerhaus Büchsenhausen, Rijksakademie voor Beeldende Kunsten, MAMA Algiers, Celeia centre for contemporary art Celje, Casa Tres Patios in Medellín and Residencia en La Tierra in Montenegro Colombia.