• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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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.





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).

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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