Šejla Kamerić was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She has received widespread acclaim for her poignant intimacy and social commentary. Based on her own experiences, memories and dreams, which were influenced by the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (1992-1995), Kamerić’s work takes us to spaces of displacement and discrimination. The weight of her themes stands in powerful contrast to her individual aesthetics and to her choice of delicate materials.
Kamerić received The ECF Routes Princess Margriet Award for Cultural Diversity in 2011, the DAAD-Berlin Artist Residency Fellowship in 2007, and the Special award at (46th) October Salon, Belgrade in 2005. In 2004 she won the ONUFRI Prize of the National Gallery of Arts, Tirana, Albania. Her first short film What do I Know, premiered in Corto Cortissimo section of (64th) Venice International Film Festival and circulated over 40 film festivals winning Golden Pram for the Best Short Film awards at (5th) Zagreb Film Festival and (15th) Adana Film Festival. Her work is included in European collections such as Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris; MACBA, Barcelona; Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; ERSTE Collection, Vienna; Deutsche Telekom, Bonn and Vehbi Koç Foundation in Istanbul.
Kamerić has participated in 1st Annual Exhibition of the Soros Center for Contemporary Art „Meeting Point” (Sarajevo, BH, 1997); MANIFESTA 3, European Biennial of Contemporary Art (Ljubljana, Slovenia 2000); TABOO / Tirana Biennale (Tirana, Albania, 2005); 15th Biennale of Sydney (Sydney, Australia, 2006) to the 1st Folkestone Triennial “Tales of Time and Space” (Folkestone, UK, 2008); Baltic Biennial of Contemporary Art (Szczecinie, Poland, 2009), Gwangju Biennale (Gwangju, South Korea 2012).
Recent solo exhibitions include Contemporary Art Center, Vilnius (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade (2012), Kunsthaus Graz (2012), MSUM Ljubljana (2012), Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb (2011) and MACBA, Barcelona (2011).