Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist who uses performance, video and text to address issues of historical memory and identity. By collecting and performing dialogues that are circumscribed by a single historical event, Avdagic reflects on how history is passed, consciously or unconsciously, to the next generation, and its effects on cultural identity, nationality and the self. The historical background for Avdagic’s body of work is the civil war in former Yugoslavia (1991-1995) from which his family fled in 1993 to Norway.
Damir Avdagic (born 1987, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina) obtained a degree from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, and holds an MFA from The University of California in Los Angeles. Avdagic has exhibited internationally at Another Space, Copenhagen; KALA Art Institute, Berkeley; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; and Entree Galleri, Bergen, Norway, amongst others. He is the recipient of several grants and prizes, including The Fulbright Scholarship, the NORAM scholarship from Norway-America Association, and BKH’s Photo Art Prize.
Residents from Norway
Jonas Nobel is an artist and the co-founder of the artist/design/architect group Uglycute. Nobel works with sculpture and drawing based on historic texts and/or events. With texts as a starting point, he creates representations of historical events influenced by his ideas, personal associations, and reflections. Nobel’s body of work stems from an interest in material culture, both contemporary and historic.
Jonas Nobel graduated in 1998 from the Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå, Sweden. Uglycute works toward expanding the concept of design by integrating professionals from other fields in the various undertaken projects. Uglycute has been featured in numerous international shows including 50th Venice Biennial, 2003, and Emscherkunst, Germany, 2013. Nobel has exhibited and created public commissions mainly in Scandinavia. He is represented by Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm.
Residents from Sweden
Gracia Khouw’s works explore language, both visual and auditory. She creates minimal geometrical arrangements in which our comprehension of letters and their symbolic meaning are disturbed. Khouw’s images float between purely geometrical designs and readable letters and symbols.
Gracia Khouw attended the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, and the Design Academy Eindhoven. Khouw has exhibited at art spaces internationally including at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and at the Rotterdam Contemporary Art Fair, and her work is part of private collections around the world. She is represented by Galerie Hein Elferink.