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Dubravka Ugrešić


The well-known writer Dubravka Ugrešić, exhibited her artwork, or the first time, at the exhibition titled Alphabet Book for the Illiterate in September 2010. Her visual works on paper/collages represented a creative phase in which a certain phenomenon, first expressed in words was transformed into a visual representation. Focusing on a significant cultural matrix such as the alphabet book, she problematized the formation of the word-image analogy (made by children) because the visual sign is recognized as a “natural sign” which precedes words. By emphasizing these "signs" she developed a light-hearted creative play of visual elements. Alphabet Book for the Illiterate, printed in 1946 in Zagreb, served as a thematic framework. These collages were preceded by the essay “Alphabet Book” in which she compared alphabet books from the end of 19th century and from the middle and end of the 20th century. The alphabet book, one of the author’s preoccupations, is not just the foundation of literacy and the basic pedagogical model but also a means of integration into the ruling ideological system and cultural milieu. Part of this project was a book of essays by Dubravka Ugrešić with reproductions and text by Branko Dimitrijević, realized with the author's Belgrade publisher Fabrika knjiga (Book Factory).
(translation Vanda Perović)

Dubravka Ugrešić, graduated comparative and russian literature, Philosophy Faculty, Zagreb. Worked at the Institute for literary theory, Zagreb. Lives and works in Amsterdam. She gives lectures at US and European universities, writes for European newspapers and magazines. Published books of stories The Pose for Prose (1978), Life is a Fairytale (1983), novels Steffie Speck in the Jaws of Life (1981), Fording the Stream of consciousness (1988), The Museum of Uncoditional Surrender (1997), The ministry of Pain (2004), Baba Yaga Laid an Egg (2007), essays American Fictionary (1993), The Culture of Lies ( 1996), Lesen Verboten (2001), Nobody’s Home (2005), and books for children, Philip and Hapiness (1976), House Ghosts (1988). Writes scenarios for film and television. Her books are translated into almost all European languages and received international awards.





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