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SELMA SELMAN 

selmaselman91@gmail.com 

(315) 372 -2377 

www.selmanselma.com 

Selma Selman (b.1991) is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting In 2018 she graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Fine Arts in Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts. 

In her art works, the ultimate aim is to protect and enable female bodies and enact a cross-scalar approach to collective self-emancipation of oppressed women. Selma’s search for functional, contemporary political resistance stems from her personal experience with oppression from various directions and scales. Selman is also the founder of the organization ”Get The Heck To School” which aims to empower Roma girls all around the world who faced ostracization from society and poverty. 

Selma Selman currently lives and works in Bihac, BIH and New York, USA.

 

EDUCATION 

2015 - 2018

• Syracuse University, MFA-Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, NY (USA) 

2014 - 2015

• Central European University (non-degree program), Budapest, (HU)

 

2010 - 2014

• Academy of Fine Arts, University of Banja Luka, Banja Luka, (BIH)

2013

• International Summer Academy, 3-week class ‘Arte Util’ with Tania Bruguera Salzburg (AUT) 

AWARDS 

2019

• Finalist of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize, Berlin (GER)

• The winner of the “Power of Excellence Award”, by Association of Business Women in BiH and Magazine Grazia, Sarajevo (BIH)

• The winner of the White Aphroid Award for outstanding artistic achievement, Maribo (SLO) 

• The Jury Award for the best short film at 60 seconds Film Festival in 

Copenhagen, (DNK) 

2017

• Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award, Trieste (ITA) 

2015-2016

• Commendation of the Cultural Center for “Outstanding Achievements in Art”, Bihac (BIH) 

2014

• “The ZVONO Award” for the best young artist in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (BIH) 

• “Best Painter Award” at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH) 

• “Best Graphic Designer Award” at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH)

2013

• “Best Intermedia Artist Award” at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH) 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS 

UPCOMING 

2021

• Kasseler Kunstverein Museum Fridericianum, Kassel (GER)

• KIBLA, Maribor (SLO) 

• National Gallery, Sarajevo (BIH) 

• Acb Gallery, Budapest (HUN) 

2020

• “NO SPACE”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Skoplje (MAK)

• “NO SPACE”, Youth Center, Belgrade (SRB) 

2019

• “Evropa Boss Light”, Robot Poola, Pula (CR) 

2018

• “Viva La Vida”, Novembar Gallery, Belgrade (SRB) 

• ‘’I Will Buy My Freedom When”, acb Attachment, Budapest (HU) 

• ‘’’I Will Buy My Freedom When”, Studio Tommaseo, Trieste (ITA) 

• ‘’’I Will Buy My Freedom When”, SU Art Gallery, Syracuse (USA)

2017

• “AEG vampyr 1400”, acb Attachment, Budapest (HU) 

• “You Have No Idea”, agnès b. Galerie Boutique, New York (USA) 

2016

• “I Exist” Gallery Schleifmühlgasse 12-14, Vienna (AUT)

• “I Exist” Gallery Dreamland, Buffalo, New York (USA)

2015

• “You Have No Idea” Gallery Epeka, Maribor (SLO) 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS 

UPCOMING 

2021-2027

• Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale School of Waters

• EVROVIZION “Crossing Stories and Spaces”, touring exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 

2020

• “Corneus Stories”, Skuc Gallery, Ljubljana (SLO) 

• “From what will we reassemble ourselves”, Framer Framed, Amsterdam (NLD)

• “FUTUROMA”, Villa Romana, Firenza (ITA) 

• “... of Bread, Wine, Cars, Security and Peace”, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (AUT)

• “Measured Confluence”, Down Gallery, Cortland, New York (USA) 

 

2019

• “FutuRoma” at the 58th Venice Biennale, Fondamenta Zattere Allo Spirito Santo, Venice (ITA) 

• Briser le 4e mur, L'Onde Center for Art, Paris (FR) 

• “WE WOMEN* ARE GOING TO INSIST ON FIGHTING” 

Guerrilla of Enlightenment 3, Rotor, Graz (AUT) 

2018

• “In der Kubatur des Kabinetts”, Gallery Fluck, Vienna (AUT)

• “Her New East”, Gallery Galeznica, Zagreb (CR) 

• “Pin me up - Turn me around”, Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna (AUT) 

• “Gypsyism Balkanism- Uniting peripheries”, ERIAC, Berlin (GER) 

• “My Art is My Reality”, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (CR) • “Personal”, KID KIBLA Gallery, Maribor (SLO) 

• “Industrial Art Biennale”, Labin, Rijeka (CR) 

• “Cordial Points”, Schleifmühlgasse 12-14 gallery, Vienna (AUT) 

• “Hiding In Plain Sight: MFA Thesis Exhibition”, Art Helix Gallery, New York (USA) 

• “Proof of Existence: An Exhibit of Work by Contemporary Artists of Bosnian and Balkan Origin, University Gallery, Kentucky (USA)

2017

• 3.Berlin Herbesalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Palais am Festungsgraben, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin (GER) 

• “AS FAR AS I CAN GO” - radical movements, UNTERER Galerie Michaela Stock, Vienna (AUT)

• “Identification – Field Exercises After Katalin Ladik”, acb Gallery, Budapest (HU)

• Horsecross Collection of Contemporary Art at Threshold artspace, 

Scotland (SCT) 

 

2016

• “Contemporary Thesaurus”, Museum of Contemporary Art in Vojvodina, Novi Sad (SRB) 

• Contemporary Thesaurus, Museum of contemporary art in Banja Luka, Banja (BIH) 

• The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, (CAN) 

• “Conquer the Beauty”, New Children Gallery, New Orleans (USA) 

• “Hero Mother” curated by Bojana Pejić and Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch, in 

Kunstquartier Bethanien, at MOMENTUM & Studio 1 in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin(GER) 

2015

• Biennial of Contemporary Art D-O ARK, Sarajevo, (BIH) “ZVONO” exhibition of the finalists and winner at gallery Duplex, Sarajevo (BIH) 

 

2014

• “Calling Cards” Gallery 8, Budapest (HU) 

• “We Want You”, The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin (GER) 

 

FESTIVALS AND SCREENINGS 

2020

• Sarajevo Film Festival, Sarajevo (BIH) 

• 26th International Festival of Contemporary Arts - City of Women, Ljubljana (SLO) 

2019

• Queens Museum, New York (USA) 

• Krass Festival, Hamburg (GER) 

• The Creative Time Summit, Miami (USA)

2017-2018

• FIAK International ArT Fair, Paris (FR)

• Open screen –‘’Modernity – loved, hated or ignored’’ Luxembourg City Film Festival (LX) 

• Public Open Studio ComArt NY (USA) 

2015

• PitchWise festival, Sarajevo, (BIH) 

• Workshop III at Moderna Museet, Malmö (SW) 

2014

• Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamatas (GR)

• Multimedia Art Project,1st video edition, Museum of Contemporary Art) Banja Luka (BIH)

2013

• International Land Art Festival “Straw”, Osijek, (CRO) 

• International Congress of Contemporary Art and Theory “FORMER WEST”, Berlin (GER) 

PERFORMANCES 

2020

• Measured Confluence, Down Gallery, Cortland, New York (USA) 

2019

• Krass Festival, Hamburg (GER) 

• Villa Romana, Firenze (ITA) 

• Venice Biennale, Venice (ITA) 

• Briser le 4e mur, L'Onde Center for Art, Paris (FRA) 

2018

• Studio Tommaseo, Trieste (ITA) 

• Sziget Festival, Budapest, (HU)

2017

• 7a*md8 Live Stream, Toronto (CAN) 

• 3.Berlin Herbesalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Palais am Festungsgraben, Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin (GER)

2016

• 7a*11d International Festival of Performance art, Toronto (CAN)

• “Conquer the Beauty”, New Children Gallery, New Orleans (USA) 

• “Hero Mother” Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (GER) 

• Mikser Festival, Belgrade (SRB) 

• “Summer School as School”, Pristina (KOS) 

2015

• Spark Performance Vol.6 “A Few Other Nows” New York (USA)

• 15. Art Performance Festival “to continue=to be, Osijek (CRO) 

• “Body in Danger”, Dreamland, Buffalo, New York (USA)

2014

• International Festival of Performing Arts, “My Country, Staglinec”, Staglinec (CR)

• International Festival of Performing Arts, “Week of live art”) Dubrovnik (CR)

 

2013

• Feminist Cultural Festival “Be-Fem”,Belgrade (SR) 

 

RESIDENCIES

2019

• “Kultur Kontakt Austria”, Vienna (AUT) 

2018

• “Art in Residency”, Artreach India, Patna (IND) 

2017

• “DANUBE ART LAB” - Donumenta, Regensburg (GER) 

2016

• “Summer School as School” , Pristina (KOS) 

2015

• Residency at ISCP center, New York (USA) 

2014

• Project “BAUHAUS Goes South East Europe, 1914/2014”,Sarajevo (BIH) 

 

COLLECTIONS 

• ifa (Instut für Auslandsbeziehungen), Stuttgart (GER) 

• November Gallery, Belgrade (SRB) 

• agnès b.’s art gallery, Paris (FR) 

• Horsecross Arts Collection of contemporary art at Threshold Artspace, Scotland (UK) 

• Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska, Banja Luka (BIH) 

• acb Gallery, Budapest (HUN) 

• Private collections 

 

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

2018

• ISSUE 03 "ISSUE 03". Thisisbadland.Com

2017 

https://thisisbadland.com/issue-03/. 

• "Selma Selman - The Creative Time Summit".2018. Creativetime.Org. 

https://creativetime.org/summit/miami-2018/selma-selman/. 

•"Best Of 2018: Marina Paulenka, Organ Vida Festival". 2019. British Journal Of Photography.https://www.bjp-online.com/2019/01/best-of-2018-marina-paulenk a-organ-vida-festival/. 

2017

• Artist Catalog Selman, S. (2017, April & may). Selma Selman [Pdf]. Maribor : Slovenia Epeka. 

• Queen of Arts: Selma Selman. "Queen Of Arts: Selma Selman". 2017. Syracuse Woman Magazine. 

https://www.syracusewomanmag.com/2017/04/29/queen-of-arts-selma-selman/

• Beauty, Brutality and Roma Identity in Selma Selman's Art. "Beauty, Brutality And Roma Identity In Selma Selman's Art". 2017. Warscapes. 

http://www.warscapes.com/art/beauty-brutality-and-roma-identity-selma-selman s-art. 

 

2015

• "TheInsider's Cultural Guide To Banja Luka: Where Life Is Lived In Cafes". 2015. The Guardian. 

https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2015/may/11/the-insiders-cultural-guide-to banja-luka-where-life-is-lived-in-cafes?page=with%3Aimg-1 

• "Selma Selman De Bihać Étudie Les Beaux-Arts À New York: Je Suis Fière De Mon Identité Rom" (Klix)". 2020. Serbie-Droitshumains.Blogspot.Com. 

http://serbie-droitshumains.blogspot.com/2016/03/selma-selman-de-bihac-etudi e-les-beaux.html 

• "Urbanautica". 2015. Urbanautica.Com. 

http://urbanautica.com/review/selma/825. 

• "Selma Selman - Cultural Gender Practices Network". 2015. Cultural Gender Practices Network. https://www.gendernet.info/en/profile/selma-selman-2/

• Selman, I. Selman, In. 2015. "In The Studio # 157 Selma Selman". 

Daily-Lazy.Com. 

http://www.daily-lazy.com/2015/04/in-studio-157-selma-selman.html