until 29.10. | #3624ARTatBerlin | Galerie Tanja Wagner presents from 10. September 2022 the exhibition “Retrospecting ” by the artist Šejla Kamerić.
RETROSPECTING is Šejla Kamerić’s seventh solo exhibition at Galerie Tanja Wagner. Works produced over a span of two decades present resources the artist mobilized from the past to give radical shape to a future she requests, anticipates, and imagines.
Kamerić revisits her iconic piece, EU/Others, first exhibited in 2000 at Manifesta 3. A new, reinterpreted version, EU/ Others – Spin (2022), stands alongside archive works such as Frei (2004) and We were chilling by the pool when the war started (2006). Considering the positionality of her artistic interventions and herself, and subjecting both to non-linear temporal interrogation, the artist presents the urgency of addressing repeating political conditions.
“It is 2022, and we find ourselves in a time of historical loops – with old and new wars reverberating, border regimes producing ‘new’ newcomers, and capital governing the mobility of people and ideas. In RETROSPECTING, Šejla Kamerić reinstates these topics through old and new work, while also reflecting on the vexed relationship between art and the market, which demands constant and new production. The pushback against this anxious demand is the asking of old questions, now heavier with urgency; asking them anew, in their resounding demand.” – states Milica Trakilović, thereby signaling Kamerić’s poignant tracing of a radically different future.
Kamerić’s work Letters from the Frontiers (2022) particularly encapsulates this endeavor and serves as a conclusion of her own otherness and “a revision of the very architecture of power, knowledge, being, gender, and perception” (Tlostanova, 2019).
In concurrence with RETROSPECTING, Kamerić’s Bosnian Girl makes an appearance at The Artothek at the Neue Berliner Kunstverein during their Berlin Art Week exhibition, where visitors will be encouraged to take a poster home with them.
In describing the “essential quality” of Kamerić’s Bosnian Girl, Boris Buden (2021) states that it “takes its political meaning beyond the scope of the so-called struggle for recognition that has become the paradigm of post-modern politics; a politics in which various cultural identities feature as both the main agencies and stakes of political mobilization, while cultural differences provide the fault lines along which today’s major political conflicts unfold.” The works presented in RETROSPECTING reinvigorate this position, reflecting the multitude of media the artist uses in her practice.
With a particular focus on images and text, RETROSPECTING is simultaneously a living archive and an immediate political warning powerfully placed in a particular historical moment. This is also reflected upon in Kamerić’s artworks that are currently on view at the TATE Modern, as part of their permanent collection, and at Manifesta 14.
Catherine Nichols, the Creative Mediator of Manifesta 14, will join us for an artist talk on September 13th, at 19:00 at Galerie Tanja Wagner.
Then, on October 18th, a conversation on the topic of RETROSPECTING as a radical practice between Boris Buden, Šejla Kamerić and Hana Ćurak will bring the exhibition to its close.
Sejla Kamerić (Sarajevo, 1976) lives and works in Berlin, Istria and Sarajevo. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Sarajevo. She deals with themes that emerge from non-linear historical narratives and personal stories. Kamerić focuses on the politics of memory, the forms of resistance in human life, and the resulting peculiarities of women’s struggle.
A selection of her recent solo exhibitions includes: 2022: Kunsthaus Dresden Robotron Kantine, Dresden; 2021:KRAK Center for Contemporary Culture, Bihać; Realstage Association, Sarajevo; 2018: Fondazione Adolfo Pini, Milan; Kibla, Maribor and GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; 2015: ARTER Space for Art, Istanbul; National Gallery of Kosovo, Prishtina; 2014: War Theater, Sarajevo; 2012: Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; MSUM Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana; Sharjah Art Foundation, Sharjah Art Museum – March Meeting, Sharjah; 2010: MACBA, Barcelona; Röda Sten, Gothenburg; Prospectif Cinema, Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Group exhibitions (selected): 2022: Manifesta 14, Kosova; TATE Modern, London; Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Kühlhaus Berlin, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art, Krakow; 2021: National Gallery – The Palace, Sofia; New Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow; Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje; Ural Biennale, Ekaterinburg; 2020: Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf; Boros Foundation, Berlin; Ludwig Museum Budapest, Budapest; Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen; 2019: The Phillips Collection, Washington; Carré d’Art – Musée d’art contemporain, Nimes; Wroclaw Contemporary Museum, Wroclaw; Kunsthalle Darmstadt; Weserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, Bremen; 2nd Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art; 2018: Haus der Geschichte Österreich, Vienna; Belvedere 21, Vienna; Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb; 2017: Fondazione Nicola Trussardi, Milan; 2016: Hannah Ryggen Triennal, Trondheim; Times Museum, Guangzhou, China; National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bukarest; 2015: P21, London; Wellcome Collection, London; 2014: Kunstverein Hamburg, Hamburg; Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY), New York; 2013: Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo; 2012: Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju; Istanbul Modern Art Museum, Istanbul; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Marrakech Biennale, Marrakech.
Vernissage: Saturday, 10. September 2022, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Exhibition dates: Saturday, 10. September until Saturday, 29. October 2022to the gallery
caption title: courtesy of Šejla Kamerić and Galerie Tanja Wagner.
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