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
Kristyna and Marek Milde
Kristyna and Marek Milde are Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artists and curators, originally from Prague, Czech Republic, working together as a collaborative tandem since 2011. Their work investigates diverse forms of modern lifestyles and its alienation from nature and the wider environmental context. In their works, Mildes examine themes that include domesticity, food and cultural rituals of daily reality offering the public an active role in various actions and situations allowing to reframe given cultural norms and stereotypes. In their practice, the artists use multidisciplinary forms, which include situationist interventions, workshops, and installations that serve as a platform for an environmental experience.
Kristyna and Marek Milde have exhibited internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions including Queens Museum, EFA Project Space, Wave Hill, Smack Mellon, MoMA Studio, Abrons Art Center, Knockdown Center, Silent Barn, HVCCA, Temple Contemporary, DOX Center for Contemporary Art; Futura; Meet Factory; Karlin Studios. Their work was featured in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, and Czech National Television, among others. Their work is part of private and public collections such as at Chateau Trebesice, Czech Republic, and Manitoga, Russell Wright Design Center, New York. They have been awarded the SHIFT Residency, Studio in the Park Residency, and LMCC Process Space Residency. In 2007 they received their MFAs from the Queens College, CUNY.
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Residents from Czech Republic
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.