DISCOVERING DALMATIA VI: Watching, Waiting – Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation

This year, the annual Discovering Dalmatia international scientific conference organised by Institute of Art History, will take place virtually, over the course of three days, December 3-5.


This year conference, entitled Watching, Waiting – Empty Spaces and the Representation of Isolation, is inspired by the Institute of Art History’s project Exposition [Ekspozicija]. Themes and Aspects of Croatian Photography from the 19th Century until Today, which is financed by the Croatian Science Foundation. It also represents the sixth annual Discovering Dalmatia conference, a programme offering a week of events in scholarship and research.


Please join us via Zoom:

Day 1 (03 / 12)

Day 2 (04 / 12)

Day 3 (05 / 12)




Thursday, December 3

9.00 – 9.15


Sandra Križić Roban and Ana Šverko


9.15 – 11.45

Session 1 / Moderated by Sandra Križić Roban

Stuart Moore and Kayla Parker:

Separation Anxiety: Filming the Nicosia Buffer Zone – with projection of the film, Father-land


Isabelle Catucci:

A Land of Collective Solitude


Marina Milito and Maria Angélica da Silva:

Visualizing Emptiness over Emptiness: Leaving Home in Pandemic Times (Maceió, Brazil)


Cristina Moraru:

Empty Spaces, Illuminated Minds. Towards a Time Withdrawn from the Capital


Luca Nostri:

Existential Topography: Photographs of Lugo During the Lockdown / 06-18 April 2020


12.15 – 13.15

Session 2 / Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić

Anna Schober de Graaf:

Occupying Empty Spaces: Political Protest and Public Solidarity in Times of Social Distancing


Bec Rengel:

The Empty Plinth and the Politics of Emptiness


Friday, December 4

9.30 – 11.45

Session 3 / Moderated by Lana Lovrenčić and Ana Šverko

Elke Katharina Wittich:

Silent Ruins


Emily Burns:

Emptying Paris: Edward Hopper in Paris, 1910 / 2020


Marija Barović:

Ston’s Voids


Jessie Martin:

Deconstructing Understandings of Emptiness: An Examination of Representations of Transitory Space and ‘Non-place’ in Photography


Ruth Baumeister:

The Power of Emptiness


Dominik Lengyel and Catherine Toulouse:

The Representation of Empty Spaces in Architecture


12.35 – 14.00

Session 4 / Moderated by Mirko Sardelić

Asija Ismailovski:

Empty Space as Artistic Strategy


Marta Chiara Olimpia Nicosia:

Species of Spaces, Species of Emptiness: Idleness and Boredom


Anči Leburić and Laura John:

Visualization as a Qualitative Procedure in the Representation of the Meanings of What We Are Researching in Space


Saturday, December 5

9.00 – 9.45

Session 5 / Moderated by Mirko Sardelić

Martin Kuhar and Stella Fatović-Ferenčić:

Empty Spaces in Photographs of Public Health Remnants in Dalmatia


Klaudija Sabo:

Representations of Quarantine and Space in Visual Culture


10.00 – 11.35

Session 6 / Moderated by Liz Wells

Catlin Langford:

Staging Isolation: Images of Seclusion and Separation


Tihana Rubić:

Ethnographies of Waiting, Ethnographies of Emptiness: Time and Space Through Photography


Meg Wellington-Barratt:

Hierarchy of History: Curation of Photography During the Covid-19 Lockdown Period



In addition to the conference, and as part of this year’s Discovering Dalmatia, an exhibition curated by Joško Belamarić will be launched at the Split City Museum, entitled Split and Diocletian’s Palace in the Work of Danish Painter Johan Peter Kornbeck.

This year’s programme will conclude with an online presentation of the book Discovering Dalmatia: Dalmatia in Travelogues, Images, and Photographs (edited by Katrina O’Loughlin, Ana Šverko and Elke Katharina Wittich, Zagreb 2019), which brings together articles that emerged from earlier Discovering Dalmatia conferences.


Please find a detailed programme with abstracts here: