Koštana Banović is art practitioner and filmmaker. The work of Banović balances on the boundary of anthropology and art; focuses on the relation between Self and Other and on ritual, which she believes is a territory where we (try to) communicate.
She studied English Literature at the University of Utrecht and at the Faculty of Fine Arts and Design in Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she recently works as teacher.
In 2000 she directed her first video Dream Hunters, which was awarded in the category ‘the best short video’ during the festival of Dutch Film in Utrecht in 2000, Netherlands. She has regularly worked as artist in residence programs in countries like Cuba, Senegal, Angola, Brazil and Caribbean, and has developed video-art projects with different communities. Taking part in and researching ritual as a means of getting in touch with oneself and others is a recurring element in her work. In the course of the film she adopts different positions simultaneously - the (Western) women, the filmmaker-anthropologist researching the (exotic) Other. Her work is often compared to the modern visual anthropology.
Banović’ work is regularly shown at (inter)national film festivals, art galleries and museums.