Curator Tells The Story: Images Of Our Time
Curator Professor Aida Abadžić Hodžić tells the story behind the works at the “Images of Our Time: Works from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.”
Works by a large number of students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo deal with current and often painful themes from the socio-political, economic and cultural reality, raising awareness, appealing, warning, opening issues and offering new interpretations.
Issues of our involvement in political developments and the desire for change are dealt with in the posters by Esad Mulabegović Overruled, If everything is OK, don’t vote (2012), the sculptures by Nedim Đikić Prisoner of His Mind (2012), Myth-Trap (2013), with people and delusions caught in the cages of spiritual captivity by Roman Sulejmanpašić, contemporary Anti-heroes (2010); and in the animations by Eldar Kobašlić Dosta.ba.
Esad Mulabegović was born in Sarajevo in 1978. He graduated from the Art Education Department in 2006, in the class of Professor Halil Tikveša. He is currently pursuing master’s studies in Visual Communication in the class of Professor Bojan Hadžihalilović. At the 7th Festival of Creative Communication Magdalena 2005, he won the first prise in the Creative Competition category and the second prise in the Animation category.
Nedim Đikić was born in Sarajevo in 1983. He graduated from the Sculpture Department in 2006 under the mentorship of Professor Mustafa Skopljak for practical work and Professor Ibrahim Krzović for his thesis.
Roman Sulejmanpašić was born in Sarajevo in 1986. He enrolled at the Sculpture Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in 2006, and graduated in 2010 in the class of Professor Musatafa Skopljak for practical work and Professor Sadudin Musabegović for the thesis, earning a Bachelor or Arts degree in Sculpture. At the end of 2010, he became a teaching assistant at the Faculty of Art and Social Science of the International University in Sarajevo, Department for Visual Arts and Communication Design. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Sculpture in 2013, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, in the class of Professor Mustafa Skopljak for practical work and Professor Dubravka Lejlić Pozderac for the thesis. That same year, he enrolled in doctoral studies at the International University in Sarajevo, Department of Cultural Studies.
Eldar Kobašlić was born in Banja Luka in 1988. He enrolled at the Graphic Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in 2012.
The light and sound installation by Alma Gačanin (Delta, 2015) symbolises the state of complete lethargy of contemporary society: the text-drawing (LED installation) simulates the shape of the delta wave—the brainwave that is registered in a state of deep sleep, and the text spoken by the author calls for stepping out and capturing spiritual freedom as a space of responsibility and action.
Alma Gačanin was born in Sarajevo in 1988. She graduated from the Art Education Department in 2012 under the mentorship of Professor Radoslav Tadić. She is currently studying for a master’s degree at the Art Education Department under the mentorship of Professor Amer Bakšić. She won 2nd prize at the EYCI AR EXPO 2009, organised by the Academic Society for International Relations with the support of the Delegation of the European Commission, for her work entitled My City.
The interesting designs for the front covers of the first Bosnian-Herzegovinian magazine for contemporary visual arts, art criticism and theory Vizura (2007-2009) by Nerina Čorbadžić and Adnan Suljkanović indicate the necessity of responsibility and activism in contemporary art.
Nerina Čorbadžić was born in Mostar in 1982. She graduated from the Graphic Design Department in 2014 under the mentorship of Professor Bojan Hadžihalilović. She won the Golden Bra award at the 2003 Magdalena Festival for her poster on fighting violence against women. She won the Silver Bra award at the 2004 Magdalena Creative Communication Festival for her poster Thank you for your hospitality and the first prize – the Golden Bra for debutant of the year.
Adnan Suljkanović was born in Bihać in 1982. He graduated from the Graphic Design Department in 2008 under the mentorship of Professor Amra Zulfikarpašić. He won the Silver Bra award in 2003 and 2004 at the Magdalena Creative Communication Festival for his posters Thank you for your hospitality and Minami Ad School, and the first prize – the Golden Bra for debutant of the year in 2004.
Admir Šljivnjak, Haris Jusović and Zijah Jusufović are the authors of the music video (Vidi, vidi, vidi, 2010), and Goran Lizdek designed the promotional materials for the music band Dubioza kolektiv whose socially engaged lyrics point to the vices of nationalism and corruption, the disastrous scale of the economic crisis and the problems of our everyday reality, all of which is reflected in the works of the above young designers.
Haris Jusović was born in Prijepolje in 1987. He graduated from the Graphic Design Department in 2010 under the mentorship of Professor Amra Zulfikarpašić. He received the Alija Kučukalić Award for best student at the Academy of Fine Arts in 2009. He is the recipient of the Karim Zaimović Foundaiton scholarship for achievement and results in studies at the Academy of Fine Arts. Together with Admir Šljivnjak and Zijah Jusufović, he won the first prize at the International Festival of Creative Communication in Maribor – Magdalena 2010 for the music video for the song Vidi, vidi, vidi by Bosnian-Herzegovinian band Dubioza Kolektiv. He received the ULUPUBIH Award for Visual Communications (Best poster in 2011 51st MESS FESTIVAL – Sarajevo).
Admir Šljivnjak was born in Sarajevo in 1990. He is a student at the Graphic Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.
Goran Lizdek was born in Sarajevo in 1982. He studied at the Graphic Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, under the mentorship of Professor Bojan Hadžihalilović. He has received numerous awards, including: Special Award at the 2nd Student Poster Biennual, 2006, Novi Sad, Special Award “Art in Advertising” at the 9th Magdalena Festival, 2007, Maribor; Special Award for Best Poster at the No Limit Advertising Festival, 2009, Sarajevo; Best Creative Photograph at the Photograph of the Year in 2014, Sarajevo.
Text taken from Aida Abadžić Hodžić’s article in the exhibition catalogue for Images of Our Time: Works from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo.