27 & 28 April 2019

Oslo Opens Reference group
Astrup Fearnley Museum for Moderne Art
Atelier Nord
Billedkunstnerne i Oslo og Akershus (BOA)
Forbundet Frie Fotografer (FFF)
Kunstnernes Hus
The National Museum of Art, Archtecture and Design
Norsk Billedhoggerforening (NBF)
Norske Kunsthåndverkere Oslo og Akershus (NKOA)
Norsk senter for teknologi i musikk og kunst (NOTAM)
Norske tekstilkuntnere/SOFT
Tegnerforbundet (TF)
Young Artists Society (UKS)

Norwegian Crafts

Supported by
Adam Mickiewicz Institute
Arts Council Norway
City of Oslo, Agency for Cultural Affairs
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Avdagic, Damir

Video, performane, text

Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working between New York and Oslo. Damir Avdagic´s artistic practice is based in performance, text and video and deals with issues of historical memory and identity.

Through various strategies, Avdagic and the participants in his work perform recorded dialogues, conversations and letters which are circumscribed by the same historical event. The work reflects on how the experience of immigration and exile effects subjects in the present and how war related trauma is transferred and negotiated between generations.
The historical background for Avdagic’s work is the conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia, which lasted from 1991-1995 and from which his family fled to Norway in 1993.

Screenshot 2018 10 31 at 12.22.17
"Prevodenje (Translation)"
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"Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response)"

Planned projects and exhibitions

Upcoming exhibitions and projects

Solo exhibitions
Nov. 2018 “Reenactment/Process/Resprise/Response” – Entreé Galleri, Bergen, Norway
Jan. 2020 “Reprise/Response” – Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway

Group exhibitions
Nov. 2018 “Planning Future” – Atelierhaus im Ascharpark, Kiel, Germany
Feb. 2019 Ubestemt tittel – Galleri RAM, Oslo, Norway

Okt.2019 – Mar.2020 – 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California


2013-2016 – MFA, University of California (UCLA), Los Angeles – Interdisciplinary Studio w. prof Mary Kelly
2008-2014 – MFA, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts w. prof. Pia Rønicke, Ann Lislegaard, Katya Sander
2006-2008 – Nordland Art and Film College, Dep. for Art

Solo exhibitions
2020 – “Reprise/Response” Oppland Kunstsenter, Lillehammer, Norway (upcoming)
2018 – “Reenactment/Process/Reprise/Response” Entree Gallery, Bergen, Norway
2014 – “Translations” Another Space, Copenhagen, Denmark

Selected group exhibitions
2019 – Ic-ism in Danish Contemporary Art, Venue TBD, Copenhagen, Denmark (upcoming)
2019 – Title TBD, Galleri RAM, Oslo, Norway (upcoming)

2018 – Planning Future, Atelierhaus im Ascherpark, Kiel, Germany
2018 – Avskygninger, Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway
2018 – Østlandsutstillingen, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Vestfossen, Noway

2017 – Open Studios, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
2017 – En Ny Verden, Nivågaards Malerisamling, Nivå, Denmark

2016 – Open Studios, International Studio and Curatorial Program, New York
2016 – The Origin of Species, Noysky Projects, Los Angeles, California
2016 – PRESENT: Recollection, Godsbanen, Århus, Denmark
2016 – MFA show, New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, California

2015 – Voices, KALA Art Institute, Berkeley, California
2015 – Self Storage, Another Space, Copenhagen, Denmark
2015 – Vårutstillingen, Fotogalleriet, Oslo, Norway

2014 – PRE/CUT, Echo Street, Los Angeles, California
2014 – AFGANG, Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen, Denmark

2013 – Live Screen Evening, Landmark, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen, Norway

2012 – Today I am an Ostrich – Espacio la Mutante, Valencia, Spain
2012 – Jeg prøver at kigge ind, men får gardiner i øjnene – Galleri Q, Copenhagen, Denmark

2011 – Fra noget til noget andet, Bagholdt, Copenhagen, Denmark
2011 – Today, I am a Whale, Galleri Q, København

2010 – MUDshow # 2 – There’s no Place like Home, Galleri Tipi, Oslo, Norway
2010 – If everything else fails…, Entreé Gallery, Bergen, Norway
2010 – Dig these nuggets, WAREHOUSE9, Copenhagen, Danmark

2009 – Nordnorsken 2009, touring exhibit in northern Norway
2009 – NATURALLY, The Museum of Natural History, Bergen, Norway
2009 – MUDshow # 1 – den gode, den onde, den grimme, Haderslevgade, København, Danmark

2019 – 2020 – Danish Cultural Council, Copenhagen, Denmark – 18th Street Art Center, Los Angeles, California (upcoming)

2018 – SUMMER SCHOOL: Chasing Utopia – Eastern European Avant-garde and its Legacy, Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia, organised by Boris Groys & Zdenka Badovinac

2016-2017 – Office of Contemporary Art, Norway – International Studio and Curatorial Program ISCP, New York

Publications & Reviews
2017 – Objektiv Journal – Subjektiv Part 2
2016 – On War, Language and Intergenerational Trauma; A Conversation with Damir Avdagic
Published on “The Balkanist” and “Contemptorary”

Selected prizes and grants
2018 – International Support, Office of Contemporary Art
2018 – Project Support, NBK
2018 – Exhibition & development grant, Danish Cultural Council
2018 – Residency grant, Danish Cultural Council
2017 – Two – year working grant, Norwegian Cultural Council
2017 – Working grant, Danish Cultural Council

2016 – Grant for newly educated artists, Norwegian Cultural Council.
2016 – Working grant, Danish Cultural Council

2015 – Vårutstillingen, BKHs Photo art prize, Oslo, Norway
2015 – NORAM grant, Norway America Foundation, New York/Oslo, US/NO

2014 – NORAM legat, Norway America Foundation, New York/Oslo, US/NO

2013 – Idella Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 – Fulbright Scholarship, William Fulbright Foundation, New York, US
2013 – Grosserer L.Foghts Fond, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 – Karl&Dagmar Thyrres Legat, Copenhagen, Denmark
2013 – Nordea fondet, NORDEA, Copenhagen, Denmark

Open on: Saturday


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