Adna Muslija, Visual artist 

I'm young, but I have potential.

Bio

Adna Muslija was born in Zenica in 1996. After graduating from high school, she enrolled in the Department of Art Education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. She has spent one semester at the Faculdade des Belas Artes in Porto, Portugal, in the class of professor Sofie Torres Gonçalves, where she developed the project “Unbearable lightness of painting”, exploring contemporary trends in the medium of painting and the possibilities of the ‘new’ in painting. Choosing painting as major, she graduated in the class of professor Iva Simcic, phd., and defended her final thesis titled “Art as an ideological apparatus-ideology as artistic content” in 2019. She deepened her interest in art theory and research of the role of words and text through participation in the Summer School as School program of the Center for Contemporary Art Station in Pristina, where he successfully completed the course Inside the Language-Words and Art under the mentorship of Sezgin Boynik. In 2019, she was named the best student of the Department of Art Education and was nominated for the annual "Alija Kucukalic" award.

She completed her MA programme at the Department of Art Education, majoring in painting, by defending her thesis "Communicational and semiotic dimension of art - From sign to ideology" in 2020. She has been awarded the Golden Badge of the University of Sarajevo two times. She is enrolled in a double major MA programme Art History: Modern and Contemporary Art and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo.

She has participated in several group exhibitions and solo exhibitions in Sarajevo, Banja Luka, Tuzla, Belgrade, Porto, Milan (online exhibition), and Munich.  In addition to independent artistic practice, she works within the artistic duo SINovi, with Kemil Bekteši. She has worked as a member of the organizational and curatorial team of the Gallery of Contemporary Art Brodac in Sarajevo. She is working as project coordinator assistant within KUMA. Center for Contemporary Art in Post-Conflict Societies, and is co-founder and curator of Gallery of Contemporary Arts "Manifesto". 

Artist Statement 

Lead by the idea that every social phenomenon is at the same time political, that all art is a reflection of society in which it is produced and consequentially, that all art is political, I made my art practice a field of confrontation, sublimation and communication of political, ideological and artistic discourses. Political and ideological is materialised in conceptual games of signs, meanings, words and texts, whose stressed visual character became a part of my artistic handwriting. I consider signs and symbols as embodiments of contemporary concepts of though and the basis of all communications. They, signs, are dissected from the established structures within which they exist, and their meanings within newly created artistic structures become open for reading. On the other hand, I use words and texts as I believe that ‘we are able to think as much as we have words’, so in order to reach new revelations, concepts and to ‘force spectators to think’, I manipulate with words and texts with aim to create a space for new interpretations of the known. The signs’, words’ and meanings’ play is followed by free choice of artistic medium. That is the reason why, creative process is often based on experiment, and its result muis often multimedial and interdisciplinary art piece. 

Throughout my artworks, I give a form to my own reflections on contemporary social context, transforming my own attitudes into questions, contradictory or paradoxical statements, rather than didactic instructions for reading the concept. I understand art as a reflection, a critique, a generator of thought and an initial capsule of social change, because what cannot be said must not be silenced, but written, painted, created.

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"Biography of socially engaged artist", 2019. 

Translation: The search for my artistic expression came down to the search for systematical solution.

Education 

2020-

Faculty of Philosophy, MA

2019-2020

Academy of Fine Arts, MA

2015-2019

Academy of Fine Arts, Bachelor

2011-2015

First Comprehensive School 

Awards 

2020

2019

2019

Golden Badge, University of Sarajevo 

Nominated for "Alija Kucukalic" Award

Golden Badge, University of Sarajevo 

Exhibitions 

Solo

2021

"The Demarcation Line", Gallery Zvono/Gallery Art Depo Charlama, Sarajevo 

2020

"Seven essentials, one transiency", Reiffeisen Bank Gallery, Upcoming 

2020

2020

"Lorem ipsum", Galley of Fine Arts Academy, Sarajevo 

"SINteza", Odron, Sarajevo 

Group

2021

"Collective exhibition of MA graduates", Gallery of Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, BiH  

2021

"April Salon", Zenica Synagogue, Zenica, BiH  

2021

"XI Biennale of Miniature", BKC, Tuzla, BiH  

2021

"Youth Biennale", Pavillion Cvijeta Zuzorić, Belgrade, Serbia

2020

"Ten ballets (of oscillation)", Historical Museum, Sarajevo, BiH  

2020

"The Nude", Galley of Fine Arts Academy, Sarajevo, BiH  

2020

"Insieme",Online exhibition, Milano, Italy  

2019

"No Pressure", Odron, Sarajevo, BiH 

2019

"Eco-Blidinje", Dis Theatre, Banja Luka, BiH  

2018

"Either/Or", Odron, Sarajevo, BiH  

2018

"Epilogo", FBAUP, Porto, Portugal

2018

2017

2016

Annual student exhibition, Academy of Fine Art, Sarajevo, BiH 

Annual student exhibition, Academy of Fine Art, Sarajevo, BiH 

Annual student exhibition, Academy of Fine Art, Sarajevo, BiH 

Curatorial Practice 

2021

Haris Kusturica, "Aton's Summer", Gallery Zvono, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show

2021

Denis Haračić, "Reject", Historical museum BiH, Gallery Manifesto, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show  

2021

2021

2021

2021

"NE SPORAZUM", Historical museum BiH, Gallery Manifesto, Sarajevo, BiH  

"Manifesting Manifesto", private space, Sarajevo, BiH, group show

Kemil Bekteši, "Dear Santa", Skenderija, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show  

Yulia Kopr, "Black Snow", GCA Brodac, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show 

2021

2021

Benjamin Čengić, "Invazian", GCA Brodac, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show 

Kemil Bekteši, "Bekteši", GCA Brodac, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show  

2020

Mathias Muehle, "Colour Cuts", GCA Brodac, Sarajevo, BiH, solo show  

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