Ana Mihalić

Ana Mihalić was born in 1987, in Zagreb. She graduated Cinematography from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies in Photography at the same faculty and was the first M.A. Art Photography graduate in Croatia. She participated in several cinematography and photography workshops led by renowned artists. Several of her photography projects have been included in the permanent collections of the Zagreb City Museum, as well as in the Museum of Arts and Crafts. She held a presentation titled “Here and There” at the international conference “Europe for Everyone: Bridging the Gap”, at the Goethe-Institute in Zagreb, in 2014. She was a guest at the panel “Od Josa do Zagreba” within the project kvARTura–Trešnjevka Cultural Centre – Cultural Memories, in the same year. She became a member of the Croatian Association of Artists in 2014 and the Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts in 2015. She participated in more than twenty group exhibitions and had nine solo exhibitions in Zagreb, Varaždin, Osijek and Samobor.

Here and There – Ana Mihalić

In addition to capturing the photos of the everyday life of a Nigerian asylum-seeker in Croatia, Prince Wale Soniyiki, I also took notes of our conversations about his childhood memories and life in Africa that he was forced to hastily leave behind.

In my work, I point out how big experiential, national, cultural, social, gender and imaginative differences are between Prince and me in the process of entering into his inner world. Taking a subjective point of view, I try to emphasize our differences while being aware of obstacles of getting into his inner world. By balancing between the two worlds in which Prince lives – the real one, in which he now resides, and the world that only exists in his memories which he transfers to me through the learned words of a foreign language – I create a new, visual interpretation of his life and memories. I consider my own interpretations of Prince’s memories, thoughts and acquired knowledge as an expression of my own desire for being recognised in the Other, questioning the truthfulness and worth of what is being represented.