• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


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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.





Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1976.

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).

Lives and works in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Berlin, Germany.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Šejla Kamerić“, Tanja Wagner Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2008 “Šejla Kamerić“, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2007 “What Do I Know“, O.K. Centre for Contemporary Art, CROSSING EUROPE – Film Festival, Linz, Austria

2006 “The Final Sale“, Karver, Podgorica, Montenegro

2005 “Close, solo exhibition“, National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

2004 “Others and Dreams“, Portikus Frankfurt, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2002 “Closing the Border / Welcome to the ancient land of freedom“, public intervention; border crossing between San Marino and Italy

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Dreams of Power“, Zamek Culture Centre, Posen, Poland

2011 “Šejla Kamerić, Tatiane Lecomte“, Camera Austria, Graz, Austria

2010 “Architecture and Bodies“, Krobath Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2009 “Non-Places, Places“, GfZK Museum of Contemporary Art Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany

2008 “You & Me, Sometimes... “, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York City, USA

2007 “Kontakt Belgrade. Works from the Collection of Erste Bank Group“, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia

2006 “NORMALIZATION“, Rooseum Centre for Contemporary Art, Malmö, Sweden

2005 “The Giving Person“, Palazzo Roccella, Naples, Italy

2004 “Passage d'Europe“, Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France

2003 “Boundless Border“, National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Šejla Kamerić: What do I know.  2007. Curated by Martin Sturm. Linz: OK Offenes Kulturhaus.


Others and dreams: Šejla Kamerić & Portikus Frankfurt am Main. 2004. Curated by Nikola Dietrich. Frankfurt: Portikus [Exhib. Cat., Portikus Frankfurt am Main (Sep. 18-Oct. 24, 2004)]

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