Residencies : ISCP New York City

1 September 2016 – 15 August 2017

Damir Avdagic


Damir Avdagic, Reenactment/Process (2016). Videoinstallation, sound, dimensions variable.
Photography by Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Damir Avdagic (b.1987 in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, lives and works in Los Angeles, CA, USA) is an interdisciplinary artist whose artistic practice is based in performance, text and video. His works are often rooted in psychoanalytical theory in their investigation into historical memory and identity including inter-generational transmission of war related trauma. By collecting and performing everyday dialogues which are circumscribed by the same historical event, Avdagic reflects on how this history is passed (consciously or unconsciously) to the next generation and the effects it bears on cultural identity, nationality and the self. The historical background for the work is the civil war in Ex-Yugoslavia (1991–95) from which the artist’s family fled from to Norway in 1993.

Damir Avdagic is educated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and holds an MFA from The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He has exhibited extensively, including at Another Space Copenhagen, KALA Art Institute Berkeley, Fotogalleriet Oslo, Entree Galleri Bergen among others. He is the recipient of severalgrants and prizes, including The Fulbright Scholarship, NORAM scholarship (Norway-America Foundation) and BKH’s Photo Art Prize.