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14 november 2017

selma selman

young european artist trieste contemporanea award 2017


YOU HAVE NO IDEA – live performance, 35 ', Belgrade 2016. photos by Maria Piroski

We are very pleased to announce that Selma Selman, artist and performer from Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the winner of the 2017 edition of the Young European Artist Trieste Contemporanea Award.  This is the 16th time the award has been awarded by Trieste Contemporanea with the aim of promoting a young talented artist and its work on the international art scene, giving the winner the possibility of conceiving and displaying an exhibition project in Trieste, Italy.  The show will take place at Studio Tommaseo in Spring 2018.

Born in 1991, Selma Selman comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin.  Her work represents the struggles of her own life as well as her community, employing different media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations.  Selman defines herself as an artist of Roma origins, and not a Romani artist, a subtle, yet critical distinction in her work which aims to break down the prejudice towards her community to the lowest common denominator.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting, is currently pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University where she is also teaching art.

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