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. She is represented by LhGWR Gallery in The Hague.

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.


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 way we give shape to these “black holes” - such as: abstract notions on god, quantum physics, emotions and cultural dynamics - says a lot about us. Her practice is a continuous examination on how our environment affects the image-forming of these visual voids and subsequently how the behaviour of man is affected by them. She experiments with their characteristic, behaviour and aesthetics and consequently with methods to capture them. 


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):

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):

DeCorrespodent – Vroeger had je hobby’s. Nu moet je een obsessie hebben - LynBerger “Towers” (20 jan 2018)

Pf  - Souls, Ties and a Pile of Carrots (may2018)

DailyMail – Artist drops 15 000 pennies at a Canaal (18 May 2017)

NRC-  Dit gebeurt er als je 15.000 muntjesop straat achterlaat (22 mei 2017)

UnseenMagazine – Unseen/ Grolsch Residency (2017)

Fotografie– editie 6 - De Kunst van het Falen (nov 2017)

Pf– Unseen – Pennies by the Canal (22 sep 2017)

VolkskrantPareltjes van Unseen – Merel Bem (sep 2017)

Menzis– Jaarverslaag (2017)

DeVolkskrant – Anatomy of Forgiveness (oct 2016)

Pagina99 – Anatomy of Forigveness (aug 2016)

Volkskrant– De 15 mooiste boeken van 2016 A. Heijtema & M.Bem (2016)

Vice– Up close and personal Issue – “Dear Kublai Khan” (27 may 2016)

Liberati’on– Towers (30 sept 2016)

VrijNederland – Dit moet je zien op Unseen (22 sept 2016)

UnseenMagazine – Towers (sept 2016)

DeStandard – “Clever Eyes” (17 dec 2016)

Volkskrant– Genieten van de reis die de ander maakt – Jeanne Prisser (4 dec 2015)

ONLINE:

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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