Online conference

Watching, Waiting – Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation

The annual Discovering Dalmatia conference will take place virtually, over the course of three days, 3 – 5 December 2020.

This year conference, entitled Watching, Waiting – Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation, is inspired by the Institute of Art History’s project Exposition (Ekspozicija). Themes and Aspects of Croatian Photography from the 19th Century until Today, which is financed by the Croatian Science Foundation. It also represents the sixth annual Discovering Dalmatia conference, a programme offering a week of events in scholarship and research.

Please join us via Zoom:

DAY 1 (03/12)

DAY 2 (04/12)

DAY 3 (05/12)


Thursday, December 3

9.00 – 9.15
Sandra Križić Roban and Ana Šverko

9.15 – 11.45
Session 1: Moderated by Sandra Križić Roban

Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker
Separation Anxiety: Filming the Nicosia Buffer Zone - with projection of the film, Father-land

Isabelle Catucci
A Land of Collective Solitude

Marina Milito and Maria Angélica da Silva
Visualizing Emptiness over Emptiness: Leaving Home in Pandemic Times (Maceió, Brazil)

Cristina Moraru
Empty Spaces, Illuminated Minds. Towards a Time Withdrawn from the Capital

Luca Nostri
Existential Topography: Photographs of Lugo During the Lockdown / 06-18 April 2020

12.15 – 13.15
Session 2: Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić

Anna Schober de Graaf
Occupying Empty Spaces: Political Protest and Public Solidarity in Times of Social Distancing

Bec Rengel
The Empty Plinth and the Politics of Emptiness

Friday, December 4

9.30 – 11.45
Session 3: Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić and Ana Šverko

Elke Katharina Wittich
Silent Ruins

Emily Burns
Emptying Paris: Edward Hopper in Paris, 1910 / 2020

Marija Barović
Ston's Voids

Jessie Martin
Deconstructing Understandings of Emptiness: An Examination of Representations of Transitory Space and ‘Non-place’ in Photography

Ruth Baumeister
The Power of Emptiness

Dominik Lengyel and Catherine Toulouse
The Representation of Empty Spaces in Architecture

12.35 – 14.00
Session 4: Moderated by Mirko Sardelić

Asija Ismailovski
Empty Space as Artistic Strategy

Marta Chiara Olimpia Nicosia
Species of Spaces, Species of Emptiness: Idleness and Boredom

Anči Leburić and Laura John
Visualization as a Qualitative Procedure in the Representation of the Meanings of What We Are Researching in Space

Saturday, December 5

9.00 – 9.45
Session 5: Moderated by Mirko Sardelić

Martin Kuhar and Stella Fatović-Ferenčić
Empty Spaces in Photographs of Public Health Remnants in Dalmatia

Klaudija Sabo
Representations of Quarantine and Space in Visual Culture

10.00 – 11.35
Session 6: Moderated by Liz Wells

Catlin Langford
Staging Isolation: Images of Seclusion and Separation

Tihana Rubić
Ethnographies of Waiting, Ethnographies of Emptiness: Time and Space Through Photography

Meg Wellington-Barratt
Hierarchy of History: Curation of Photography During the Covid-19 Lockdown Period

In addition to the conference, and as part of this year’s Discovering Dalmatia, an exhibition curated by Joško Belamarić will be launched at the Split City Museum, entitled Split and Diocletian’s Palace in the Work of Danish Painter Johan Peter Kornbeck.

This year’s programme will conclude with an online presentation of the book Discovering Dalmatia: Dalmatia in Travelogues, Images, and Photographs (edited by Katrina O’Loughlin, Ana Šverko and Elke Katharina Wittich, Zagreb 2019), which brings together articles that emerged from earlier Discovering Dalmatia conferences.

Please find a detailed programme with abstracts here.

Sandra Križić Roban
Ana Šverko
Ana Ćurić

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