Lana Mesić (b. 1987, Croatia) works and lives in Rotterdam


After her graduation from the Bachelor of Photography at the AKV| St. Joost in Breda in 2010, she earned her Master’s Degree at the same institute in 2012. 

Her photo works and installations have been exhibited among other places in Het Nutshuis in The Hague, AMC Gallery in Amsterdam, Sao Paulo Photography Bienalle, Dong Gang Photography Festival in South Korea, Organ Vida Festival in Zagreb, Nichido Arts Centre in Tokyo to name a few. She has been nominated for various prizes and residencies, the latest one being the Unseen Grolsch residency.


ARTIST STATEMENT

The main departure point of Mesic's work is the minds constant struggle in dealing with things that do not have an image. She is curious how our mind (subjectively or collectively) fills in these visual gaps.

The trickster archetype, as described by Carl Jung, is the symbolic figure who reveals truth through mischief. He employs and enjoys jokes and pranks, which are his weapons to penetrate the stale-mate of the daily existence. He brings meaning to the meaningless, reveals the truth behind collective symbols while simultaneously demystifying collective conventions.

Lana's outmost pleasure in making art is being mischievous. By doing so, she feels she can create space for herself to demonstrate the changeability of the conventions that often define our everyday experience. Transforming everyday objects and conventional settings through trickery provokes engagement, which is both confronting and delighting. 


Education:

2010-2012 St.Joost. Academy of Arts and Design 
MFA Master Photography 
Breda, The Netherlands 

2006-2010 St.Joost. Academy of Arts and Design 
BA Bachelor of Design – Photography 
Breda, The Netherlands 

2005-2006 HKU University of the Arts
Foundation Course Arts and Design 
Utrecht, The Netherlands 


Internship and related work experience:

2015 Teacher - Fotovakschool, University of Applied Photography // Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2014 FAAP artist in residence // Sao Paulo, Brazil

2011-2015 - various guest lectures at the AKV St.Joost Breda

2011 Flip Bool – De Dam Project, Assisstent researcher
Nederlands Foto Instituut // Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2009 Jaap Scheeren - Intern // Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Awards:

2017 - Unseen/Grolsch Residency in London

2017 - Nomination Prix deRome (longlist)

2015 - Nomination - Harry Pennings 

2015 - 1st prize - Kracht van Rotterdam

2014 - Nomination – The New Talent Photography Award ING 

2013 - Nomination – Dutch Doc Award 

2013 - Pla(t)tform Fotomuseum Winterthur 

2010 - Nomination - Tiele Scriptie Prijs

2010 - Nomination -  St. Joostpenning


Grants:

2016 - Mondriaan Fonds - Project subsidy

2015 - Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds - Publication subsidy

2014 - Mondriaan Fonds - Young talent subsidy

2006-2012 - Stichting Philips Van der Willigen Fonds – scholarship


Exhibitions (selection):

2020 - (G) Anatomy of Forgiveness - Reconciliation - Museum Arnhem (announced)

2020 - (D) Souls, Ties, and a Pile of Carrots - Goethe Instituut / Rotterdam, NL

2020 - (G) -   Lego Kalasnjikov - Safeside Festival / Ijmuiden NL (announced)

2020 - (G) -   Lego Kalasnjikov - Circulations Festival / Paris, FR 

2019 - (G) - Pierre Bayle’s Comets - Open Light / Carla Bayle, FR

2019 - (S) - 12467 km - AZC Middelburg / Middelburg, NL

2019 - (G) Souls, Ties, and a Pile of Carrots - Taxed to the Max, Noordelicht Fotofestival /                     Groningen, NL

2018 - (D) - Anatomy of Forgiveness / Geneva CH

2018 - (G) - deOpium Torenkamer Expo AVRO Tros/Amsterdam NL

2018 - (G) - 'Towers' Begin at the Beginning - PhotoEspana / Madrid ES

2018 - (G) - Souls, Ties and a Pile of Carots/ Photo London UK

2018 - (G) - Bienne/Biel Festival / Biel CH

2018 - (G) - There is No Threat / New York USA

2017 - (S) Currency of Ideas/Unseen Photo Fair / Amsterdam NL

2017 - (G) Anatomy of Forgiveness - Dong Gang Photography Festival / KR

2017 - (G) - Anatomy of Forgiveness – While meditating on warCBRK ZO  / Amsterdam 

2016 - (G) Towers - Unseen Photography Fair / Amsterdam NL

2016 - (S) - Anatomy of Forgiveness - Amsterdam Medisch Centrum / Amsterdam NL 

2016 - (G) – Anatomy of Forgiveness - Fotopub / Novo Mesto SLO

2016 - (G) – Anatomy of Forgiveness - Kulturni Centar / Beograd SRB

2015 - (G) – Prospects and Concepts – Art Rotterdam / Rotterdam NL

2015 - (G) – De Kracht van Rotterdam / Rotterdam NL

2015 - (G) – Organ Vida Photo Festival 7ed / Zagreb CRO

2015 - (S) – Dear Kublai Khan - LhGWR/ Den Haag NL

2015 - (G) – 6 years LhGWR / Den Haag NL

2015 - (G) – Unseen Photo Fair / Amsterdam NL

2015 - (G) – Organ Vida International Photography Festival 7th ed / Zagreb CRO

2015 - (G) – 6 years of LhGWR / Den Haag NL

2015 - (G) – Anatomy of Forgiveness - Goethe Institut / Kigali, RWA

2015 - (G) – Post Conflict - Nichido Contemporary Art / Tokyo JP

2014 - (G) – Post Conflict – Kinz + TillouFine Art / New York USA

2014 - (G) – Unseen Foto Fair – Amsterdam NL

2014 - (D) – Anatomy of Forgiveness – International Criminal Court / Den Haag NL

2014 - (D) – Anatomy of Forgiveness – Het Nutshuis / Den Haag NL

2014 - (G) – Clever Eyes - Photo Romania Festival / Cluj-Napoca RO

2014 - (G) – Reflektor - Styrian Cultural Mediation / Graz AT

2014 - (G) – Ficção Geográfica – ZIP’UP – Zipper Galeria / São Paulo BR

2013 - (G) – Pirelli Photo Biennial - Oscar Niemeyer Museum / Curitiba BR

2013 - (G) – Young Art Night – Van Abbe Museum / Eindhoven NL

2013 - (G) – Unseen Foto Fair / Amsterdam NL

2013 - (G) – Wit – Nederlands Fotomuseum / Rotterdam NL

2013 - (G) – Familie Over de Vloer (fotoweek), Galerie Pennings / Eindhoven NL

2013 - (S) – Clever Eyes – LhGWR / Den Haag NL

2013 - (G) – Pirelli Photo Biennial – MASP / Sao Paulo, BR

2013 - (G) – Play & Replay – Photo Biënnale Mulhouse / Mulhouse FR

2013 - (G) – Pla(t)tform Fotomuseum Winterthur / Winterthur CH

2012 - (G) – R.E.A.L. – LhGWR / Den Haag NL

2010 - (G) – Eindexamenexpositie - Trouw gebouw / Amsterdam NL

2010 - (G) – Eindexamenexpositie - AKV. StJoost / Breda NL

2008 - (G) – VNVA – Tropenmuseum/Amsterdam NL


PUBLICATIONS (selection):

2019 Volkskrant (3 nov)- Op fotofestival Noordelicht wordt de noodklok geluid, Arno Haijtema
2019 Noordelicht International Photography Fetival -Taxed to the Max
2019 Professionele Fotografie (Pf) #6 - Onzichtbare Visuele Wereld, Diana Bokje
2019 LUMC - Kunst laat het LUMC zien
2019 Kunstcollectie AMC - Een gebouw dat kunst ademt

2018 Diversion - ‘Het Grote Schuldenpreventieboek’
2018 Nihilsentim Entalgia (feb 14) - Lana Mesic: Untold stories, Sofia Silva
2018 Pf - Souls, Ties and a Pile of Carrots
2018 360° (4 may) Le Poids du Monde - Anatomy of Forgiveness
2018 Bieler Tagblatt (4 may) - Anatomy of Forgiveness
2018 La Liberte (5 may) - Anatomy of Forgiveness
2018 PHotoESPANA - XXI Festival of Photography
2018 AVROTROS, Opium - Opium Torenkamer Expo
2018 British Journal of Photography - The Talent Issue
2018 Professionele Fotografie (Pf) #2 - De fotograaf wordt kritisch denker, Diana Bokje
2018 DeCorrespodent (20 jan) - Vroeger had je hobby’s. Nu moet je een obsessie hebben - Lynn Berger

2017 Menzis - Jaarverslaag 2016
2017 Het Parool (2 feb) - While meditating on war
2017 NRC (22 feb) - Hoe verbeeld je de nasleep van oorlog? - Ilya Rabinovich 
2017 Telegraph (17 may) - This woman left a huge pile of money next to a London Canal
2017 DailyMail (18 may) - Artist drops 15 000 pennies at the Regents Canal
2017 Mirror (18 may) - What happens when £300 in 2p coins put by side of London canal
2017 NRC (22 may) - Dit gebeurt er als je 15.000 muntjesop straat achterlaat
2017 Unseen Magazine (autumn) #4 - Groslch/Unseen residency
2017 Volkskrant (20 sep) - De pareltjes van Unseen, Merel Bem
2017 Professionele Fotografie (Pf) (22 sep) - Unseen amsterdam
2017 16th Donggang International Photo Festival (Korea)
2017 Fotografie (nov/dec) #6 - De Kunst van het falen

2016 Prospects & Concepts - Mondriaan Fonds Toont Talent 
2016 Vice (may) #3 – Up close and personal Issue “Dear Kublai Khan” 
2016 Pagina99/Lightbox (15 apr) - anatomia del Rwanda costretto al perdono
2016 Unseen Magazine (autumn) #3 - Playing with the idea of photography as a form of trickery
2016 Volkskrant (13 dec) - De 20 mooiste boeken van 2016, A. Heijtema & M.Bem (Clever eyes)
2016 VrijNederland (22 sep) - Dit moet je zien op Unseen
2016 Volkskrant Magazine (24 sep) - Voor de verzamelaar, Merel Bem 
2016 Liberation (30 sep) - Unseen, fous d’artifices, Clementine Mercier
2016 Clever Eyes, Lana Mesic
2016 DeStandard (17 dec) - God is overal (Clever eyes)
2016 De Kracht van Rotterdam - Kippensoep en andere stadsverhalen

2015 deVolkskrant (4 dec) - Genieten van de reis die de ander maakt – Jeanne Prisser (Dear Kublai Khan)

2014 YiP Art Photo Auction
2014 Volkskrant (23 apr) - Uitgelicht: Momenten van vergeving in Rwanda, Toine Heijmans 
2014 Filosofie (24 apr) - De onmogelijkheid van vergeving, Leon Heuts
2014 NRC Next (3,4 may) - Een lichaam van staal, Steven Verseput 
2014 NRC Next (28, 29 jun) - Ik stap als kunstenaar uit het vliegtuig, Merlijn Kerkhof


ONLINE:

https://www.ignant.com/2018/09/20/on-god-and-the-human-mind-a-conversation-with-photographer-lana-mesic/

Feature Shoot - http://www.featureshoot.com/2016/09/the-stories-of-hope-and-reconciliation-in-rwanda/

Calvert Journal - http://calvertjournal.com/news/show/6595/photo-of-the-week-lana-mesic-rwanda-genocide-aftermath

Vice - https://www.vice.com/read/dear-kublai-khan-v23n3

Vizikultura - http://vizkultura.hr/anatomija-oprosta/

Filosofie - http://www.filosofie.nl/nl/artikel/40799/de-onmogelijkheid-van-vergeving.html

New Dawn - http://newdawnpaper.nl/portfolio/lana-mesic-anatomy-of-forgiveness

CBC Canada - http://live.cbc.ca/Article/485527-Portraits-of-Reconciliation-in-Rwanda

A Pattern a Day - http://www.anamappe.com.br/blog/2015/09/why-do-people-photograph/

Beelddragers - http://www.beelddragers.nl/nr-23-lana-mesic/

Landscape stories - http://www.landscapestories.net/issue-14/ls_14-014-lana-mesic?lang=en

Ms. Deane - http://www.beikey.net/mrs-deane/?p=7063


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