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
Maria Zervos’s most recent work revolves around an interdisciplinary approach to the moving image and text, documenting migrations, contemporary peripatetics and the recent refugee crisis. Zervos works across video, installation, performance and drawing in an ongoing negotiation between topos and utopia. She remaps cities, mountains, peripheries and centers, in a search for a personal synthesis of routes. Distinct for its allusions to crossroads and nomadism, Zervos’s work investigates the conflation of politics and poetics, often aspiring to social criticism.
Maria Zervos is a visual artist and poet from Athens currently living and working between the Netherlands and the United States. In 2012, she was the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship to pursue art-related research at Harvard University’s Department of Film and Visual Studies. Zervos taught courses at Harvard University in 2014, and has been a faculty member at Emerson College, Boston since 2015. She has presented her work in solo and group exhibition worldwide including the Ileana Tounta Contemporary Art Center, Athens; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Nieuw Dakota, Amsterdam, Kunstvlaai, Amsterdam; The Breeder, Athens; Onassis Cultural Centre, New York City; and the Hellenic American Union, Athens, Greece among others. Her art is part of several collections including the D.Daskalopoulos Collection and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens.
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Residents from The Netherlands
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.