Radenko Milak (b. 1980) studied from 1999 until 2003 at the Academy of Fine Art in Banja Luka and from 2003 until 2007 at the University of Fine Arts in Belgrade. The painterly work of Radenko Milak circles around questions of fixation and recall of the visual presentation in our personal memories and in the visual world of film and photo. He transform in his water colors and oil painting found footage from film, reportages and press into intimate visual scenarios. These small scene might evoke for the viewer the facts and stories behind the images, but can develop at the same time their own pictorial stories, if the historical background has been forgotten or is unknown.
Damir Radovic was born in Sarajevo in 1976. He began his art studies in France at the School of Fine Arts in Valence. After graduating in 2000, he subsequently completed a postgraduate course at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Lyon, from where he graduated with a diploma in 2006. His works have been displayed at solo and group exhibitions in Austria and abroad. The artist lives and works in Lyon, Sarajevo and Paris.
She was born in 1982 in Sarajevo. Adela Jusic works primarly with video. Socially engaged and rooted in personal experiences, her artistic practice revolve around the subject of the war in Bosnia, the position of women in war, and the religion and tradition in which she grew up. Jusic recently started a collaboration with Sarajevo-based artist Lana Cmajcanin tackling the question of self-presentation and in the art market. Co-founder and working at Association for Culture and Art CRVENA on different cultural and feminist projects.
Lana Čmajčanin was born on 10 September 1983 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Founder and member of Association for Culture and Art CRVENA. Lives and works in Sarajevo.
Nela Hasanbegović (1984, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) visual artist. Through solo and group exhibitions she has been actively participating in the local and international contemporary art scene for the past nine years. She uses a variety of media, including sculpture, installations, objects, performance and video. Participant in numerous exhibitions and receiver of several prestigious awards and scholarships. Member of Artists Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina, since 2007. Member of the Association for Culture and Art Crvena, since 2011. Employed as assistant at the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Mladen Miljanović (b. 1981) first attended the Reserve Officer School where he earned the rank of sergeant before enrolling int he Art academy. He has based his art work upon his own life experience: growing up during and after war in the destroyed, impoverished, ethnically and territorially divided, and externally isolated country; and receiving a formal, military education. The consequences of the war (work with the war invalids) and knowledge gained in the military school (use of senseless military “image vocabulary” in the new, art context), make the basic field of reference of Miljanović’s work as an artist.
Ibro Hasanovic (b. 1981) is a Bosnian artist, based in Brussels. Hasanović studied product design at the Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts and completed his studies in contemporary art and cinema at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in France. Individual and collective memory are the main topics of his work, made manifest in videos and photography to performance art, drawings and installations.
His work is based primarily on interventions in public space (both physical and virtual). Those interventions are primarily textual and almost always demonstrate intimate thoughts and ideas of the artist. Positioned in particular places or set on different objects coming from artist’s living space, all his works carry a message that is provoked with time and space, but also with the artists position within those frames. More than that, some works (realised in different institutions) are politically and socially engaged and use the space itself to bring about these written metaphors.
Works done in studio are mostly text-based paintings, “liberated” from visual manifestations, or drawings that incorporate different narratives; pictorial or textual.
Color Crew is the first professional bodypaint group in Bosnia and Herzegovina that was formed as an experimental project in 2009. The members of this interesting group are: Emina Huskić, Dženan Hadžihasanović and Emir Mutevelić.
They stage their performances at art galleries and open spaces.
Selma Selman (b.1991) comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. Her work embodies the struggles of her own life as well as her community, employing a plethora of media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations. Selman defines herself as an artist of Roma origins, and not a Romani artist, a subtle, yet critical distinction in her work. Her aim is to break down the prejudice which essentializes her community to the lowest common denominator denying them of the right to self expression. Selman utilizes her personal background as a lens through which she can understand the universal human condition and its idiosyncrasies. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting, where she studied under the supervision of Veso Sovilj, and worked with renowned Bosnian performance artist Mladen Miljanovic, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University where she is also teaching art.
Emir Šehanović ESH was born in 1981 in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina. In the late 90s he was already an active participant of the local street art scene under the pseudonym Aorta. His biography is filled with multi-faced engagements - from street art projects, over solo and collective exhibitions, all the way to foundation of the artistic group Manufaktura in Tuzla, as well as the regional initiative Art of Asfalt. Esh received international recognition for his mural projects, video, digital prints and multimedia. Pagan tradition, superstition and the occult are some of the constant themes present in his work, while collages and asamblages are his favorite instruments. The final result may be a collage, print or spatial intervention, based in the digital domain but intruded by specific materials which have a deep cultural value for the author. The space receives a special treatment in his works, whether it is an intervention in public space or a classic format of a painting.
Mila Panic born in 1991 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In her artistic practice, the personal experience and background are distinctly evident with an emphasis on the issues of migration, identity and belonging. With her art strategies she transforms subjective narratives into identifying ones and universal. Currently, she lives and works in Berlin, Germany.
Šejla Kamerić works with various media such as film, photography, objects or drawings. The all-pervading element in her work are her – often uneasy – memories. She is using them as a power source by sharpening the focus of the present through the burden past. Based on her own experiences, memories and dreams, her work takes us to glocal spaces of displacement and discrimination. The sadness and beauty, hope and pain that shines out of her works are part of the stories we share. The weight of her themes stands in powerful contrast to her individual aesthetics and to her choice of delicate materials.