Katarina Zdjelar (born in 1979 in Belgrade, Yugoslavia) is an artist based in Rotterdam. Her works focuses on language, belonging and cultural identity. Katarina Zdjelar’s video works deal with language through the prism of its social, political or psychological connotations. Zdjelar is particularly interested in aspects of voice, speech and translation, and puts anemphasis on an analysis of how ‘one’s act of speaking is situated in the body of a speaker who is a member of a particular community in a defined environment. Her work is comprised of meticulous preparation and on-site research, which is sensitive to the social differentiation of the community she is taking into account. Concerned with ideas around foreignness her projects often evolve around individuals, who, confronted with realities beyond their familiar perimeters, perform themselves. Her work thus deploys the inhabitation of regulated systems (knowledge, language, ideology) by non-authoritarian voices (amateurs, foreigners, children), which challenge the context they appear in, in terms of ethics, value, and currency. The dialectic of individual and community, of ‘I’ and ‘we’, is at stake in Zdjelar’s work. She articulates this theme in the rift between a universally valid, abstract language and a concrete, always physical voice. She appears to be thinking quite consciously about this relationship from two different angles. On the one hand, in speaking a given language, her protagonists are inevitably being spoken by it; on the other, Zdjelar is always also pointing out, that a voice can jolt and alienate, and that it is constantly engaging in a creative appropriation of language as it is being updated. An almost defiant zone of freedom is created. And this openness–which cannot be experienced without the risk of exposure and vulnerability– also gives rise to the fragile and moving beauty that sets Zdjelar’s work apart.