Bio and CV

Selma Selman (b.1991) comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. Her work embodies the struggles of her own life as well as her community, employing a plethora of media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations. Selman defines herself as an artist of Roma origins, and not a Romani artist, a subtle, yet critical distinction in her work. Her aim is to break down the prejudice which essentializes her community to the lowest common denominator denying them the right to self expression. Selman utilizes her personal background as a lens through which she can understand the universal human condition and its idiosyncrasies.

 

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University where she is also teaching art. Selma is a founder of the organization “Mars To School”/ ”Go The Heck To School” whose aim is to empowering girls all around the world who faced the ostracatiozation from the sociaty and poverty. She is as well a Co-founder of project for popularisation of contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina ‘APARTMAN’.

SELECTED CV


 

EDUCATION

:: 2015 - 2018 Syracuse University, MFA-Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, New York State

:: 2014 - 2015  Central European University, (Non-degree program), Budapest, (HUN)

:: 2010 - 2014Academy of Fine Arts, University of Banja Luka (Specialization: Academic Painter)

:: 2013 International Summer Academy, 3-week class ‘Arte Util’ with Tania Bruguera,Salzburg (AUS)

AWARDS

:: 2017 Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award, Trieste (ITA)

:: 2015 Commendation of the Cultural Center for outstanding achievements in art, Bihac, (BiH)

:: 2014 “Zvono” art award for the best young artist in BiH, (BIH0

:: 2014  Award for the best work in the field of painting at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH)

:: 2014 Award for the best work in the field of graphic design at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH)

:: 2013  Award for the best work in the field of intermedia arts at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka (BIH)

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

:: 2017 “AEG vampyr 1400”, acb Attachment,Budapest, (HUN)

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

:: 2016 “I exist” Gallery Schleifmühlgasse 12-14, Vienna, (AUS)

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

:: 2015 “You have no idea” Gallery Epeka, Maribor, (SLO)

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

:: 2018 'Proof of Existence: An Exhibit of Work by Contemporary Artists of Bosnian and Balkan Origin, University Gallery, Kentacy (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 (AUS)

:: “Identification – Field exercises after Katalin Ladik”, acb Gallery, Budapest (HUN)

:: Horsecross collection of contemporary art at Threshold artspace, Scotland (UK)

:: 2016 Contemporary Thesaurus, Museum of contemporary art in Vojvodina, Novi Sad (SER)

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, (HUN)

“We want you”, The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, (GER)

FESTIVALS

2017 

:: FIAK International Ar Fair, Paris, (FRA)

:: Open screen –‘’Modernity – loved, hated or ignored’’  Luxembourg city film festival, (LUX)

:: Public Open Studio ComArt Syracuse, New York

2015

:: PichWise festival (participated with the work “two chickens, two fishes’’) Sarajevo, (BIH)

:: Workshop III at Moderna Museet, Malmö (SWE)

2014

:: Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamatas, (GRE)

:: 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

2017

:: 7a*md8 Live Stream - Syracuse - 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” curated by Bojana Pejić and Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch, in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (GER)

:: Mikser festival, Belgrade, (SER)

:: “Summer school as School”, Pristina, (KOS)

2015

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

:: 15. Art performance art festival “to continue=to be, Osijek, (CRO)

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

2014

:: International Festival of Performing Arts, “My country, Staglinec”) Croatia

2014

:: International Festival of Performing Arts, “Week of live art”) Dubrovnik, Croatia

2013

:: Feminist Cultural Festival “Be-Fem”,Belgrade, Serbia

Residencies

2018

:: Art in Residency, Artreach India, Patna (BIHAR)

2017

:: DANUBE ART LAB - Donumenta, art residencie 3 weeks, Regensburg, Germany

2016

:: “Summer school as School”, Pristina, Kosovo

2015

:: Residence at ISCP center, New York

2014

:: Project “BAUHAUS Goes South East Europe, 1914/2014”,Sarajevo, BiH


 

Collection:

Agnes b. Gallery (FRA, USA)

Horsecross collection of contemporary art at Threshold artspace, Scotland (UK)

Museum of Contemporary Art of Republic of Srpska, (BIH)      

Acb Gallery, Budapest (HUN)

Private colletions