Sanja Iveković

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The biography of Croatian artist Sanja Iveković, who was born in 1949, is characterized by enormous leaps. The Balkan wars turned her work on feminist themes into a work of mourning: At Documenta 11, one could see the installation Searching for my mother’s number, 2002–, in which the life of her mother, Nera Safarić, was told through slides and archival materials, becoming an image of resistance against the Nazi occupation (for which Safarić was deported to Auschwitz in 1942) and a symbol of the collective amnesia that has prevailed since Tito’s time.

In Iveković’s early videos, photographs, and collages, ’70s Yugoslavia seems to function mostly as a background for a luxuriant pop culture. The search for perfection in the feminine self-image becomes a question of iconography. In Tragedy of a Venus, 1975–78, newspaper photographs of Marilyn Monroe are paired with photographs from the artist’s

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