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Šejla Kamerić will reveal in Venice her biggest work so far

Always daring and provocative, the artist is now exhibiting her work in Venice.

Tena Razumović Žmara

April 5, 2024

During the duration Venice Biennale – 60. International exhibitions of visual arts artist Šejla Kamerić will present a large and important work in Venice. Šejla Kamerić has always created works of great social significance, daring works that warned, admonished and forced us all to think carefully about our humanity.

Šejla Kamerić – Cease

The work that will be shown in Venice is called Cease and was created in collaboration with the Italian curator Giulio Foscari. The production was supported by the Museum of Contemporary Art Ars Aevi Sarajevo, with the director of the Museum Senka Ibrišimbegović, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Canton of Sarajevo, UNESCO, the City of Sarajevo, UNA/UNLESS, Eugster || Belgrade, Tanja Wagner Galleries from Berlin and NOMAD – Croatian Office for Contemporary Art.

The topic that the artist will address is in line with the fundamental legacy of her work, which was also shaped by the painful experience of surviving the siege of Sarajevo. As a project independent of the structures of the deeply divided post-Dayton Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cease will be directly presented to the public during the duration of this prestigious international exhibition. This photo is so-called “the first glance” at the work or at its size, size in all senses; the metaphorical one, and the literal one.

Šejla is a contemporary artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina known for her multidisciplinary approach that includes film, photography, objects, drawings and installations. Dealing with topics arising from non-linear historical narratives, as well as personal histories, Šejla Kamerić focuses on the politics of memory, ways of resistance in human life and the consequent peculiarities of women’s struggle. Emphasizing empathy as a basic creative mechanism, Šejla Kamerić warns of power spaces, creating strong alternatives to them. Her works are in prestigious international collections, including TATE Modern, MACBA Barcelona, ​​Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and others. Šejla Kamerić exhibited independently in numerous international institutions, while her films were shown at over 40 international film festivals. Šejla Kamerić is the winner of the ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity, as well as the DAAD-Berlin Artist Residency Fellowship, the ONFURI Award at the National Art Gallery in Tirana, and the Freedom/Freedom Award of the International Peace Center in Sarajevo. She has participated in notable group exhibitions, including Tate Modern, Kunsthalle Wien and the Gwangju Biennale. He currently lives between Sarajevo, Istria and Berlin.

The curator of Cease , Giulia Foscari, is an architect and activist, the founder of the interdisciplinary studio UNA / UNLESS, whose curatorial practice is organized around this platform with the aim of addressing the theme of justice through international cooperation. Foscari taught at the University of Hong Kong and at the Architectural Association in London. She is a member of the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Board of Directors of the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and the Foundation of the Museo Civici di Venezia (MuVE). The work of Giulia Foscari and her studio UNA / UNLESS has been exhibited at multiple editions of the International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia and other international locations.

Photo: Braca Nadeždeć