BIO – CV

Selma Selman (b.1991) comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. Her work embodies the struggles of her own life as well as her community, employing a plethora of media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations. Selman defines herself as an artist of Roma origins, and not a Romani artist, a subtle, yet critical distinction in her work. Her aim is to break down the prejudice which essentializes her community to the lowest common denominator denying them of the right to self expression. Selman utilizes her personal background as a lens through which she can understand the universal human condition and its idiosyncrasies .

 She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting, where she studied under the supervision of Veso Sovilj, and worked with renowned Bosnian performance artist Mladen Miljanovic, who represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 55th Venice Biennial in 2013. She is currently pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University where she is also teaching art.

 

EDUCATION

2015- Syracuse University, MAF-Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse, New York State

 2014 Central European University, Roma Graduate Preparation Program, Budapest, Hungary (courses
in Sociology, Anthropology, Academic Writing)

2010-14 Academy of Fine Arts, University of Banja Luka (Specialization: Academic Painter)

2013 International Summer Academy, 3-week class ‘Arte Util’ with Tania Bruguera (course on making useful
art projects)

FESTIVALS, RESIDENCES AND PERFORMANCES

2016 Mikser festival, (performances: I will laugh and You have no idea), Belgrade, Serbia

2016 “Hero Mother” curated by Bojana Pejić and Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch, (performance: You have no idea) in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin

2015 Open screen –‘’Modernity – loved, hated or ignored’’ (participated with works: Saltwater at 47 and What is my role in all of this?) Luxemburg city film festival

2015 Spark Performance Vol.6 “A Few Other Nows” (performance: Do not look into Gypsy eyes) Syracuse, New York

2015 Public Open Studio ComArt (participated with work “16000 Parts”) Syracuse, New York

2015 PichWise festival (participated with the work “two chickens, two fishes’’) Sarajevo, BIH

2015 15. Art performance art festival “to continue=to be” (participated with performance “The cycle”) Osijek, Croatia

2015 Residence at ISCP center, New York

2015 “Body in danger” (discussion, presentation at gallery Dreamland) Buffalo, New York

2015 Performance “You have no idea” at gallery Dreamland, Buffalo, New York

2014 Workshop III at Moderna Museet, (presentation of art works: “16000 Parts”, “Do not look into
Gypsy eyes”, “Roma Performing the Flag Act 1”, “Anew”) Malmö
2014 International Festival of Performing Arts, “My country, Staglinec”, (participated with the works
titled “You Do Not Have an Idea” and “Love is the most beautiful when you are waiting for it”) Croatia

2014 International Festival of Performing Arts, “Week of live art”, (participated with the
performance titled “You Do Not Have an Idea”) Dubrovnik, Croatia

2014 Project “BAUHAUS Goes South East Europe, 1914/2014” (performance titled
“Changing Identities”) Sarajevo, BiH

2014 Video Art Festival Miden, Kalamatas, (the video work “Roma Performing The Flag Act 1”
was selected for this art festival) Greece

2014 Multimedia art project,1st video edition, Museum of Contemporary Art, (participated
with two video works: “Roma Performing The Flag Act 1” and “16000 Parts”) Banja Luka, BiH

2013 Regional Festival of Independent Art Scene, “BL-ART”, (performance titled “Sister Be
Aware Of Criminals”) Banja Luka, BiH

2013 International Land Art Festival “Straw”, (made a sculpture with my friends using
straw as material. We made golden braids of 4 meters and hung them on trees) Osijek, Croatia

2013 Feminist Cultural Festival “Be-Fem”, (participated with the performance titled
“Do You Have a Boyfriend?’’) Belgrade, Serbia

2013 International Congress of Contemporary Art and Theory “FORMER WEST”, (attended lectures by
famous theorists, artists and philosophers like Boris Groys, Boris Buden, Mladen Stilinovic) Berlin, Germany

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016 „Contemporary Thesaurus“, Museum of contemporary art in Vojvodina, Novi Sad

2016 The Works Art and Design Festival in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

2016Conquer the Beauty”, New Children Gallery, New Orleans

2016 “Hero Mother” curated by Bojana Pejić and Dr. Rachel Rits-Volloch, in Kunstquartier Bethanien, at MOMENTUM & Studio 1 in Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

2016 Group show at Fullersta Gård, – “Bakro” Stockholm, Sweden

2015 Biennial of Contemporary Art D-O ARK, Sarajevo, BiH

2015 “ZVONO” exhibition of the finalists and winner at gallery Duplex, Sarajevo, BiH

2014 “Apartman” Banja Luka, BiH

2014 “Calling Cards” Gallery 8, Budapest, Hungary

2014 “We want you”, The 10th Berlin International Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany

2014 “Minimum/Maximum 3” International group exhibition of miniatures, Banja Luka, BiH

2013 “Asymmetrical me”, group exhibition of intermedia arts, Trebinje, BiH

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016 “I exist” Gallery Schleifmühlgasse 12-14, Vienna, Austria

2016 “I exist” Gallery Dreamland, Buffalo, New York

2015 “You have no idea” Gallery Epeka, Maribor, Slovenia

2013 “Poetics of the soul” Gallery Udas, Banja Luka, BiH

2013 “Love is the most beautiful when you are waiting for it” Gallery San Fedele, Milan, Italy

2009 “First solo exhibition” Gallery Una, Bihac, BiH


AWARDS

 2015 Commendation of the Cultural Center for outstanding achievements in art, Bihac, BiH

2014 “Zvono” art award for the best young artist in BiH

2014  Award for the best work in the field of painting at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka

2014 Award for the best work in the field of graphic design at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka

2013  Award for the best work in the field of intermedia arts at the Academy of Arts, Banja Luka

2013 “Dogma arts” award for the best work of fine art, Banja Luka

2013  2ndnd place in the painting contest “BiH in the EU”, Zenica, BiH