Still from Danica Dakić’s Zenica Trilogy, 2019.

Danica Dakić to Represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at 2019 Venice Biennale

Artist Danica Dakić has been selected to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at the Fifty-Eighth Venice Biennale, which will take place between May 11 and November 24. The artist will work with a curatorial team consisting of Anja Bogojević, Amila Puzić, and Claudia Zini, who were appointed by the commissioning institution, the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo.

Working across the mediums of photography, video, and installation, Dakić is known for probing different aspects of human existence while collaborating with individuals from marginalized groups. Her work has been featured in Documenta 12 in Kassel, the 2003 and 2009 Istanbul Biennials, and the 2017 Bienal de São Paulo, and has been exhibited at the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt. Dakić also currently serves as a professor at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar.

For the upcoming biennial, Dakić will present her new film installation Zenica Trilogy, a collaboration with photographer Egbert Trogemann, producer Amra Bakšić Čamo, and composer Bojan Vuletić that comments on social and individual responsibility in the Balkan country. The work takes a close look at the city of Zenica, which is facing high rates of unemployment and extreme air pollution, and its residents, who according to the artist share “a general sense of resignation.”

“In her approach to the Bosnia and Herzegovina Pavilion project, Danica Dakić investigates the heritage of modernity, from Bauhaus to the utopian paradigms of international and Yugoslav socialist modernism,” Bogojević, Puzić, and Zini said. “It exemplifies her search to reactivate utopian potentials by establishing a poetic relationship to the Bosnian post-war reality.”