Šejla Kamerić

BIOGRAPHY Šejla Kamerić


Šejla Kamerić is a versatile visual artist known for her multi-disciplinary approach, including film, photography, objects, drawings, and installations. She has received widespread acclaim for the poignant intimacy and social commentary that have become the main elements of her work. Taking up subjects that arise from non-linear historical narratives, as well as personal histories, Kamerić focuses on the politics of memory, modes of resistance in human life, and the consequential idiosyncrasies of women’s struggle. By insisting on empathy as the founding communicative mechanism between herself, her subjects, and spectators, Kamerić both warns of and creates places of power and political arenas.

Her work is part of numerous international art collections, such as TATE Modern in London, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection in Istanbul, MACBA Barcelona, MMCA-Museum of Contemporary Art in Seoul, Korea, Contemporary Art Museum in Zagreb, Kontakt Collection in Austria, and ArtTelekom in Germany.

Kamerić has individually displayed her work at the MACBA in Barcelona; MUMOK in Vienna; Centre Pompidou in Paris; Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade; Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb; Museum of Modern Art in Ljubljana; Museum of of Contemporary Art Montenegro; National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina; National Gallery in North Macedonia; Kunsthaus Graz in Graz; Portikus in Frankfurt am Main; CAC Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius; Röda Sten Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture in Gothenburg; Wip: Konsthall in Stockholm; Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck; Kunsthaus Dresden; and GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst in Bremen. She has also exhibited at the Sharjah Art Foundation in Sharjah, Manchester International Festival MFI, and various other art platforms worldwide.

In 2011, Kamerić received The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity and in 2007, a DAAD-Berlin Artist Residency Fellowship. In 2004 ONFURI Award at National Art Gallery in Tirana and Sloboda/Freedom Award, International Peace Center in Sarajevo.

Her films were screened in more than 40 international film festivals including the Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam and Sarajevo Film Festival.

A selection of recent Kamerić’s group exhibitions includes: Tate Modern, London, 5th Kyiv Biennial; Survival Kit 14, Latvian Center for Contemporary Art, Riga; 14th Kaunas Biennial; Darker, Lighter, Puffy, Flat, Kunsthalle Wien; (2023); Biennial Manifesta 14, Prishtina; Empowerment, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg; Urban Text, Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris; Faking the Real, Kunsthaus Graz, Graz, Sad Songs of War, Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Politics in Art, MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art In Krakow, (2022); 6. Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, Yekaterinburg; Diversity United / Contemporary art from Europe, Berlin New Tertyakov Gallery, Moscow (2021); Conflicts (We are here: Future Ecologies), with British Council for Western Balkans, Belgrade (2021); The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, The Phillips Collection in partnership with the New museum, Washington, D.C (2019), 2nd Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry (2019); 4th Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2019); The Restless Earth, Nicola Trussardi Foundation and La Triennale di Milano (2017); Hannah Ryggen Triennale, National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim (2016); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography (2013); Gwangju Biennale (2012); Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, MOMOK in Vienna and Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warszaw (2010).

She lives on a relation between Sarajevo, Istria and Berlin.

List of selected exhibitions