• WHO WAS 1968?
    28 Sept 2018 − 13 Jan 2019

    LENTOS Kunstmuseum WHO WAS 1968? Art, Architecture, Society Curated by: Hedwig Saxenhuber, Georg Schöllhammer Loans by Kontakt from: Heimrad Bäcker, Stanisław Dróżdż, VALIE EXPORT, Stano Filko, Běla Kolářová, Július Koller, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević and Goran Trbuljak A decade of eruptions, departures and redefinitions in the steel city Linz. The year I968 marks a turning point that ushered in a new era. Across Western Europe and in the United States Student protests and workers’ revolts called into question the post-war power structure itself, while Soviet tanks bulldozed the Prague Spring into the ground and signalled the end of the hope that the Eastern Bloc would open up to the West. This exhibition harks back to the echoes of I968 in Linz and Upper Austria. Embracing the arts, architecture, music, film and literature, it unfolds for the first time a synoptic map on which key figures and moments of local history – some largely unknown to this day – are accorded a place. It enables visitors to embark on exploratory trips and to survey the rich fabric of relationships and linkages that includes points of contact with international scenarios and trends. Experiments in the aesthetic field were begun with a view to escaping from the cultural stuffiness of the first two post-war decades. The participating artists include: Claudia von Alemann, Ant Farm, Heimrad Bäcker, Josef Bauer, Bill Bollinger, Dietmar Brehm, Gerd Conradt, Waltraut Cooper, Stanisław Dróżdż, Erró, VALIE EXPORT, Harun Farocki, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Stano Filko, Helmuth Gsöllpointner, Timo Huber, Johann Jascha, Martha Jungwirth, Gülsün Karamustafa, Gerhard Knogler, Běla Kolářová, Juliús Koller, Peter Kubelka, Zofia Kulik, KwieKulik, Maria Lassnig, Fritz Lichtenauer, Natalia LL, Karel Miler, Josef Nöbauer, OHO, Yoko Ono, Gina Pane, Friederike Pezold, Cora Pongracz, Chris Reinecke, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, Zorka Sàglovà, Dominik Steiger, Petr Štembera, Raša Todosijević, Goran Trbuljak, Tucumàn Arde, Jiřì Valoch, Agnés Varda, Peter Weibel, Hannah Wilke, Jana Želibská, Želimir Žilnik, Zünd-Up


Šejla Kamerić

Šejla Kamerić belongs to the generation of Sarajevo artists who grew up in the war under three-and-a-half year’s long siege and shelling of the city. This biographical fact has much determined the attitude of this artist, as well as her understanding and practicing art.

Learning about life in the cruelest manner and knowing how to transform what she has lived through into art is the essence of Kamerić’ work. There are two essential points in her work:

- Personal viewpoints based on common experience about the outside world: hot issues of the local society related (or in opposition) to the actual worldwide moral, socio- political subjects. 

- Self-reflections based on personal experience about the existential values: surviving the siege and shelling of her city she learned the fine line between life and death, to separate the essential from the unimportant, to recognize the hierarchy of needs.

It means that for Kamerić art is not the goal, but the means for self-identification - communicating own experiences, memories, and opinions - which she wants to share with or confront others.

What makes Kamerić (and the group of “war generation” artists) essentially different from “other members of their generation” is the meaning of their works, and not the means they use. Furthermore, by getting on with her work without worrying about what art really is, or isn’t, she proves to be a member of that generation born in mass-media age, in which the main references are the media and the reality around them, and not the history of art.





1976, Sarajevo / BA, at that time Jugoslavija

Kamerić worked with the design group TRIO Sarajevo from 1994 to 1997. In 1999 she completed her studies at the Department of Graphic Design of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina). From 1997 to 2000 Kamerić was the art director of the creative team FABRIKA Sarajevo. In 2007 she was “DAAD Artist in Residence” in Berlin (Germany).

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