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
In his practice, Nicanor Araoz attempts to push the boundaries of materials in search of intermediate emotional states. He uses the mediums of drawing, installation and other formats through which accumulation, assembly, dissection and other dissimilar operational gestures come into play, combining a faulty system of references. Araoz’s work explores themes related to Spiritism, monstrosity, sculpture techniques during the last Argentinian military dictatorship, materials of industrial consumption, and negative feelings as spaces of political enunciation.
Nicanor Araoz (born Buenos Aires, 1981) lives and works in Buenos Aires. He attended the National University of La Plata and Torcuato di Tella University, Buenos Aires. Araoz produces objects, installations and sculptures using comic books, Internet imagery and romantic mythologies as his reference points. His most recent works include Glotica, Barro Arte Contemporaneo, 2015 and Antologia Genetica. Esculturas y estudios encadenados, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, 2006-2016.
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Residents from Argentina
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.