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13 Mar 13

Putting Nadezda Petrovic in the Frame

An exhibition of photographs by one of Serbia’s first modern artists will place the spotlight on a little known dimension of her work.

BIRN Belgrade

“Nadezda Petrovic: on both sides of the lens,” which opens on March 15th in Dom Vojske, focuses on the photographic aspect of Petrovic’s work, to help people discover a side of her art that is not well known.

Born in 1873, Petrovic was one of the most important representatives of the modern art movement in Serbia. Well known as a painter, art critic and social worker, it is less known that she was also a passionate photographer.

She bought her first camera when she studied in Munich in 1889 and was rarely separated from it after that, often taking photographs of family and friends, as well as art compositions and, later, war photographs.

Petrovic was a volunteer in the First World War and a founder of Serbia’s nursing organisation. She died in 1915 from fever contracted in Valjevo, where she worked as a nurse. The exhibition is the fruit of years of research by Jasna Jovanov and presents Petrovic in a new light – as a photographer and model.

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