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
Ling-lin Ku hybridizes language and daydreaming in her sculptures and installations, weaving her sense of humor into the structure she makes. Using everyday objects as references, she digs deep inside them creating transformative relationships and new modes of interconnectivity. She always sees objects as being unfixed, plastic, liquid and slippery, and resists the habit of using a single static name to denominate things. Her plays between faux and “real” materials, and exaggerated scale shifts, give her work a feeling of deceptive mass, strange gravity and unknown physics.
Ling-lin Ku (born Taiwan) completed her undergraduate degree at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts. She was the recipient of travel grants for locations along what used to be referred to as the Silk Road in Asia and Europe. Ku also obtained a law degree law in Taiwan before relocating to the United States.
Residents from United States
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.