Damir Avdagic | Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response)
March 12 – April 25, 2020
Atrium Gallery | 1639 18th Street
Exhibition Reception and Artist Open Studios
March 12, 2020 | 6-8 PM
Damir Avdagic’s project will explore the ways past events transmit between generations and how they affect the present. Avdagic will present his latest video piece Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response), 2018, in which four people in their mid-60s from ex-Yugoslavia, perform a transcribed conversation from the piece Reenactment/Process (2016), in which four people in their mid-20s discuss the inter-generational frictions they experience between themselves and their parents relating to the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia.
While in residence, Avdagic will research the political aspirations of the generation that lived in the socialist federation of Yugoslavia and question what the legacy of socialism is for the generations that came after. Other visiting and local artists in residence will open their studios during the exhibition reception on March 12.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working between Oslo and Copenhagen. The conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia from 1991-1995 and the exile of his family to Norway in 1993 informs Avdagic´s artistic practice which is based on performance, text, and video. By focusing on the symptomatic reactions that occur in these processes, his work reflects on how history is passed between generations and what effect it bears on cultural identity, nationality, and the self.
His work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as Entree Galleri, Bergen, Norway; Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; KALA Art Institute, Berkeley; and Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway. Avdagic is a Fulbright Fellow and is the recipient of grants from prestigious institutions such as the Norway-America Foundation, Oslo; the Office of Contemporary Arts, Oslo; and the Danish Cultural Council, Copenhagen. Avdagic holds an MFAs from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008-2014) and the University of California, Los Angeles (2013-2016).
Damir Avdagic’s residency and exhibition are generously supported by the Danish Arts Council.