Ana Kraš,  New York-based artist and photographer, talks about bonbons, darkness and growing up in Belgrade .



Part 01.



J. Winter,  Ana Kraš  — 2010


Morning ...
Oatmeal

Noon ...  
White light

Night ...
A lamp


Untitled,  Ana Kraš  — 2010

Perfect happiness ...
Jumping from a rock to the sea 


Preposterous ...
Sunglasses at night


Fear ...
Cops


Extravagance ...
Laughing


Comedy ...
Hat


Work ...
Organization


Ikebana-Albums,  Ana Kraš  — 2010


Our time ...
My computer


The future ...
Flying cars and flying people


The past ...
Cars


Part 02.




Selo,  Ana Kraš  — 2010


Most interesting thing in your wallet ...
Money is the only thing I’ve got inside


In another life, you’d be ...
A bat-suit base jumper
 

Your lucky charm ...
I guess I don’t believe in lucky charms


Words to live by ...
When it’s dark enough you can see the stars.


Prized possession ...
Some hand skills


One wish ...
A motorcycle




Miranda July, Lula Magazine — 2009


A dream dinner party would be made up of who (dead or alive) ...
Some of my friends and Miranda July


Favorite shoes ...
classic ones


Kalenic Market, Vracar — Belgrade, Serbia


Favorite store ...
Kalenic food market


Favorite place ...
One Ballhaus


Favorite color ...
Navy


Favorite book ...
Don’t have one

Favorite website ...

Ping-pong

A favorite photo that you've taken ...



Jovana Smoking,  Ana Kraš  — 2010


A favorite photo that someone else has taken ...


 
Untitled,  sylvain-emmanuel .P

 

Part 03.





Belgrade, Serbia


What’s it like living in Belgrade. How has it influenced your work ...

The place you grow up and live surely influences you as a person a lot, and then of course all the things that you do. Probably having more limits and less possibilities was good for developing my work, even if it feels very hard and unfair most of the time.


    
Ikebana Albums,  Ana Kraš 


Talk about your Ikebana Albums ...

Ikebana is a traditional Japanese practice of arranging cut flowers. In my case it’s a nickname I got from a friend referring to Ikeb Ana, since my name is Ana. I wanted to divide the photosa bit from my website because they are more personal, so I needed a name for it and I thought Ikebana makes sense also because it’s all about arranging photos as they were cut flowers and placing them in new context, and I simply just like the word also :-)   


You design objects. Tell me about this ...

It’s what I studied at the university and what I really love to do. The business part I still hate and I’m slowly getting used to it because it’s 90 percent of the job.

   

HUG,  Ana Kraš — 2008


Describe the first thing you designed ...

The first thing I actually made as a real prototype was hug chair, my diploma work. Now it’s produced by FOUNDRY. It’s a plywood chair divided in two layers and the shape is very classic.


            
BONBON,  Ana Kraš — 2010


Your BONBON lamps are so beautiful. The quality of light is incredible. How do you make them ...

Thank you! Ooh making them is a long and very intense process of ‘hand-knitting’. It takes about 15-20 knitting hours to make one. It’s painful. Concentration plus pain in your hands plus pain in your back plus a headache :-) But people really react to those lamps, they like them. I was really surprised. Maybe because bonbons represent the human hand and dedication, and it makes them more personal than most of contemporary design.


NOODLE,  Ana Kraš — 2009

Your objects are the subject of some of your photographs. How much does one inform the other ...

Since I take photos, when I need photos of my objects for the website and press - I take them myself. I love to picture pieces in real spaces rather than in a studio, so I usually ask people to place them in their homes and then I come and capture how they use them. It’s beautiful how different people use and arrange the same objects in different ways and make them look very different. It would be a pity not to use that for presentation.


        
ping-pong,  Ana Kraš


Talk about your PING-PONG photo exchange game ...

I can say ping-pong is my favorite project. The idea was to exchange photos with a person I don’t know and don’t know anything about, and see how the relationship will develop and how we would connect and learn about each other. I knew Sylvain Emmanuel .P from the internet and I was and I still am in love with his photographs, and I don’t even remember how we connected and started the blog, but it happend so smoothly, and now it just flows so smoothly. The only rule was to post photos, one him, then one me.

There is something so exciting about not knowing when the next picture will come and what it will be and where it will lead. I get goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach when he posts a new image. That’s a sensation you can never have doing something alone and that’s why an exchange with a factor of neverending surprise is the most beautiful and moving thing in the world. Now after one year of running the blog I even had a chance to meet Sylvain, and it was a wonderful experience, the same wonderful as ping pong.


You’ve just finished a book. Tell me about it ...

It’s a book with short stories about 30 different archetypal characters representing the Italian contemporary scene. I had to do drawings to present 30 characters. Each person has an animal mask on his face so the only way to treat the character was to dress it up in a certain way. It was an interesting job because it was quite hard to make them different and try not to make them boring with such a small space for intervention - clothing. And 30 is a lot, you realize that once you start drawing and you don’t see an end soon.


    
Pig Comb; DB x AK 13; BON BON — Ana Kraš


You’re an artist working in many mediums. How does your understanding of one influence the other?

It must be all connected but I never think of that. I’ve had the need to do different things since I was a kid. Mediums and goals are different but the sensibility is the same.


Describe your creative process ...

There’s no specific process, I think it happens secretly in me and then I just make a thing very quickly.


What do you love most about photography ...

That it’s so quick and easy.


What do you love most about design ...

Solving a problem.


IRÈNE Erotic, Ana Kraš —  2013


Your inspiration ...

I guess just life and needs.