Recorded Memories

Exit, 2011
Video, 4:30 min.

Žaneta Vangeli: “The main inspiration for my video derives from the inner drive to represent the irresistible power and attractiveness of natural beauty and to confront it with that which is man-made, in the form of historical artefacts. This immediately conjures up the image of the inevitable gradual destruction of all of creation in its present form. Exit confronts this apparent inevitability with the vision of the eternal, perfect city. The work is a collection of retained memories and ‘anticipated future memories’ represented in a condensed manner. Exit is essentially the self-referential portrait of two cities, the first and the last, which creates a new dimension of the historical.”


Žaneta Vangeli
Born 1963 in Bitola, Macedonia; lives in Skopje, Macedonia

Vangeli studied fine art at the Staatliche Hochschule für bildende Künste – Städelschule in Frankfurt am Main until 1988. She is a multimedia artist who uses painting, photography, video and film. She draws her subjects from the interaction between the individual and the communal, the personal and the universal.

Solo exhibitions:
The Jews from Macedonia and the Holocaust: History, Theory, Culture, Macedonian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Skopje, Macedonia, 2011. Archive 1, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Adelaide, Australia, 2008. The Judge, Deutsches Filmmuseum, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 2003. Meet Macedonia, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, 2001. Porta, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje, Macedonia, 1994

Group exhibitions:
The (im)potence of the image. Differering images of the new Europe seen through the eyes of photographer Erich Lessing and contemporary artists, BELvue museum, Brussels, Belgium, 2010. Gender Check, Museum moderner Kunst – Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria, 2009. 50th International Art Exhibition, Dreams and Conflicts, The Dictatorship of the Viewer, La Biennale di Venezia, Macedonian Pavillion, Venice, Italy, 2003. In den Schluchten des Balkan, Museum Fridericianum, Kassel, Germany, 2003. 59. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica, „New Territories“, Venice, Italy, 2002