This page is continually updated and provides a summary of past and present visual projects (2012-today). The projects presented on this page include visual ethnographies and research-art experiments.

2019-2020: Research-Art Projects

In recent years, I combine my research interests with creative expressions that allow me to channel ideas, messages and experiences in new ways. Research-Art includes alternative ways to disseminate research in visual forms other than text. The small collection of works belonging to Academia-Art deals explicitly with the academic environment and broader issues that relate to knowledge dissemination and the reuse of academic works.

Click the images below for examples.

Research-Art: “Child (Bio)Welfare”

2010-2018 social moWEments

social moWEments is a collection of photographs taken between 2010 and 2018 and mainly in Sweden that captures the “We” of movements, that is, movements as collectives of belonging. It all started when I was abroad as a student. I was in a crowded capital and although I was not alone, I felt lonely and as if I did not belong. One day, as I was strolling along the street, I found a crowd “within the crowd”, a group of people demonstrating for a cause. Even though I was not part of the group, I supported the cause and considered myself being a part of the movement. The feeling of belonging was taken to another level when we walked together, side by side. This is how I became interested in visual portrayals of movements, capturing the sense of belonging, how the “we” is performed, how movements move from walks in the streets onto the built environment and the banners, from one city to another, across countries. Movements can also be still, as in sitting protests. They over time can also “move” to dissolution of groups and members.

2013 Space-Time Imaginaries in Reactionary Community Creations: Gentrification Resistance in the Area of Køpi in Berlin

In 2013, I attended the course The City – Boundary Transgressions and Visual Expressions at Lund University. Together with two classmates, I conducted visual ethnography on gentrification in the city of Berlin, more specifically in Kreuzberg and the Køpi area. We explored the visual expressions of anti-gentrification politics. 

visual ethnography project berlin copyright 2013 Zlatana Knezevic
Here, “WIR” interpellates the German-speaking population and people who have been in “HIER” long “enough” to claim the space.
“The banner above, is a message that not only is put across in German language but also is on several levels linked to time. It is one of the most explicit messages where a self-definition of the squatters occurs and where a collectivist We-identity is staged
(excerpt from an unpublished paper by Hoyvík, Knezevic and Vinogradova, 2013)
visual ethnography project berlin copyright 2013 Zlatana Knezevic
Green anarchism? Protection from outsiders looking in? Or a glorification of unruliness (wilderness) as opposed to modernity, capitalism and progress…?

2012-2013 Visual Ethnography: Military Training (writing in progress)

When I was studying in the humanities at Utrecht University (08/2010–02/2011), I became interested in integrating sound and vision into my studies. In the following years, I started to take this interest more seriously.

In 2012/2013, I did a visual documentation of a preparatory military training in Sweden. The Swedish Armed Forces were open to my interest in participating and using this experience for future research projects and gave me the opportunity to run a blog on their website where I could document the training on a daily basis, for three months. 

I wanted to go beyond the mainstream representations of the military and wanted to capture the everyday rather than the spectacular. Also interesting was the spirit of community and belonging; how the military students cared for each other.

The military changed my views on hierarchies. At least there was a logic and function to formal hierarchies in this setting, unlike many other settings with a similar hierarchical organisation. 

I conducted several interviews with the students and the employees, and took thousands of images. In the methodological article that I am currently writing on the relationship between the virtual-visual-sound, I discuss the importance of a multi-sensory approach to get a grasp of a military training and the military from within.