Šejla Kamerić (born 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a visual artist whose practice involves 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 the subjects that arise from non-linear historical narratives, as well as personal histories, Kamerić places her focus on the politics of memory, modes of resistance in human life and consequential idiosyncrasies of women’s struggle. By insisting on empathy as the founding communicative mechanism between herself, her subjects and spectators, Kamerić warns of, and at the same time creates, powerful political statements.
Kamerić’s works are 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, Rotterdam, Vehbi Koç Foundation Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul, MACBA Barcelona, Contemporary art museum in Zagreb, Kontakt Collection in Austria, ArtTelekom in Germany, etc.
Kamerić has individually displayed her work at the GAK Gesellschaft für Aktuelle Kunst, Bremen; Sharjah Art foundation – Sharjah Art Museum; MACBA, Barcelona; Manchester International Festival MFI; Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana; Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade; Kunsthaus Graz, Graz; CAC Contemporary Art Centre – Vilnius; Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb; MUMOK in Vienna, Röda Sten Centre for Contemporary Art and Culture in Gothenburg, Wip: Konsthall in Stockholm; Centre Pompidou in Paris; Portkus in Frankfurt am Maine; Galerie im Taxispalais in Innsbruck as well as 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 2005 she received a special award at the 46th October Art Salon Belgrade for the art work in collaboration with artist Urpš Đurić. In 2004 ONFURI Award at National Art Gallery in Tirana and Sloboda/Freedom Award, International Peace Center (Sarajevo Winter Festival) in Sarajevo.
Her films were screened in more than 40 international film festivals including the Venice International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, International Adana Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival and Sarajevo Film Festival.
A selected group exhibitions includes: Diversity United / Contemporary art from Europe, Berlin (2021); The Warmth of Other Suns: Stories of Global Displacement, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. (2019); 2nd Coventry Biennial of Contemporary Art, Coventry (2019); 4th Berliner Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2019); The Value of Freedom at Belvedere21, Vienna (2018); The Restless Earth, Fondation Nicola Trussardi – La Triennale, Milano (2017); Hannah Ryggen Triennale, National Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Trondheim, (2016); Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, (2013); Gwangju biennal (Gwangju, South Korea 2012); Baltic biennial of contemporary art (2009); Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe; Folkestone Triennial Great Britain (2008); 15th Biennial Sydney (2006); TABU/Tirana Biennial (2005); MANIFESTA 3, European biennal of contemporary arts (2000).