Everyday life is ordinary, embodied, it is a fleeting intimacy with space and time. Long neglected and marginalized as an area of academic interest, anthropology and sociology have found in everyday life an important research focus, they have seen the strange and the unusual in the ordinary and the seemingly unimportant. But this is not a disciplinary reflection of everyday life.
If a pandemic is an event, it is an event because, sometimes in the most radical of ways, it penetrates everyday life and changes the steady rhythms of lives that provide us with security and form our sense of being. But everyday life also often resists this kind of event. In other words, the event does not have complete power over everyday life, even when it seems to be trying to control it to the maximum.
The series of photographs by Adriana Vidić offers us a look at the everyday life of one Dalmatian town, a town where she lives and works, and which is an inexhaustible inspiration for her camera lens. That city is Zadar. Home to some seventy thousand human inhabitants and an unquantified volume of other living beings, this town with a long and often bloody history is today a tourist-focused, sometime called “student” town that presents itself through the ruins of the Roman Empire and magnificent new standardized construction rather than its industrial waste , as well as human.
The selected photographs represent fragments captured since the event tried to take over everyday life and it is a testament to its resilience, as well as plasticity.