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Mirjana Vrbaški (b.1978 in Montreal) is a Serbian/Canadian lens-based artist. After obtaining a BA in Literature in Canada, Vrbaški turned to photography, graduating from the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (2010). Her ongoing series Verses of Emptiness has received and been nominated for, among other, the Renaissance Photography Prize (UK), the Taylor Wessing Photographic Prize (UK) and LensCulture Portrait Prize (NL). Vrbaški has participated in international exhibitions at institutions such as Fotomuseum Den Haag (NL), Transformer Station Cleveland (USA), and Museum Kranenburgh (NL). She is represented in international private and public collections, including The National Portrait Gallery, Fries Museum and Transformer Station Cleveland. She lives and works in Berlin.
Vrbaški’s practice is rooted in the photographic image as an avenue to self-knowledge. Generally working with large formats and repeating motifs, she seeks to foster a deeper engagement with the photographic image. In such a process, depicting becomes carving, burrowing, until the image is ‘hollow enough to echo’.
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Sean O'Hagan for The Guardian (2021):
Diane Smyth for The Calvert Journal (2022):
Interview with Joerg Colberg (2011):
Goodrum, Sarah. A New/old Ethics of the Photographic Portrait: Mirjana Vrbaski’s “Verses of Emptiness”. AfterImage Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism, Vol. 40
Brunner, Eva. Mirjana Vrbaski “Verses of Emptiness”. Brennpunkt Magazin für Fotografie
Download Brennpunkt.pdf (German)
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