Born 1977 in Zagreb, Croatia
Lives and works in Zagreb
Almost Nothing, 2016
Ana Hušman’s video Almost Nothing structurally presents “cold” and, at first glance, neutral records of natural and cultural beauty: the flora of Croatian Islands waving in a pleasant summer breeze, the charming interior designs of rooms prepared for tourists….
As in her other videos and films, she thematizes the petit-bourgeois mentality of fineness and order in everyday life, that lies behind the nation-building politics that are characteristic of post-socialist states in a wider European context.
The absence here of the instructive, judgmental voice of the artist suggests that ideology does not appear as a set of instructions coming from above. It is, in fact, quite the opposite: like the devil, its power lies precisely in its ability to hide and dissolve into the tissue of society. It completes its seductive work precisely by persuading us that it does not exist. (Jelena Vesić)
Our pleasure in views, scents, and sounds has been a political issue since the birth of Europe. Our idea of landscape has nothing in common with unspoiled nature. Landscapes are formed through planned deforestation, afforestation, and controlled planting. These processes are influenced by economics, health care, and other policies, documented by the systematic and taxonomic terminology of the land registry. By mapping the island flora and recording the resistance of the vegetation to the wind, as well as the resulting sounds of its friction, I document the sound signals that reflect the changes, fashions and economic conditions of a particular location. These cultivation policies return to our houses and apartments like the wind, creating a complex loop of feedback between interior and exterior space.