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Vesna Pavlović

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Sculpture Gardens (2002-2003) is a series of color photographs by Vesna Pavlović presenting the private Vlach gardens of Eastern Serbia. The images of the gardens refer more broadly to the Vlach culture, its history in this region. Over the course of economic migrations, Vlachs have appropriated and absorbed various cultural models from abroad into their own community. Carefully arranged with artifacts collected abroad, those garden retreats have become private collections showing the owners eclectic taste as well as the status in their hometown communities. Jelena Vesic, art historian, and Vesna Madzoski, ethnologist, have both contributed to the project. “What Pavlovic photographs is far from the usual… instead of ‘authentic’ jugs, pots, and carpets we are confronted with the world of pseudo-classical balustrades, garden dwarfs and bambies and corny stucco-decoration. … It is the ethnography of being nowhere, but also of leaving traces behind, second-hand artifacts of un-exotic and bastardized culture.” (quote from Attentive Observations, situated motivations and Displaced Inquiries, by B. Dimitrijevic).