Šejla Kamerić
Critical Urgency in ‘De-Heimatize It’!
by Faye Campbell
Nov 5, 2019

“[…] Above the grandiose columns and the front doors of the Palais am Festungsgraben, next to the Maxim Gorki Theater in Mitte, hangs a large poster with a young woman defiantly staring down on you. Emblazoned over her in an enormous sharpie-scrawl are the phrases: “NO TEETH…? A MOUSTACHE…? SMEL LIKE SHIT…? BOSNIAN GIRL”. The woman pictured is the artist herself, Šejla Kamerić, the words overtop of her left by Dutch ‘peacekeepers’ on the walls of barracks just outside of Srebrenica in 1994 or 1995, around the time of the Srebenica genocide of more than 8,000 Bosniaks during the Bosnian War. The work is in stark contrast with the neo-classicist building, which evokes histories of palpable hierarchies. Kamerić’s powerful piece, titled ‘Bosnian Girl’, is emblematic of ‘De-Heimatize It!’, as it unsettles our ingrained expectations of what lies within an institutional space such as this one. Within the multiple floors of the Palais am Festungsgraben, the artists act like moss, they dig through the cement of the architecture, destabilizing the historical foundation of the institution. […]”

Annabel Daou, Elisa Giardina Papa, Šejla Kamerić, Kapwani Kiwanga & Grit Richter
Booth No. G08
Frieze London 2023
Oct 11 – 15, 2023
Šejla Kamerić
Group exhibition curated by Dr. Mechthild Achelwilm
Museumsquartier Osnabrück - Felix-Nussbaum-Haus
Sep 10, 2023 – Jan 7, 2024
Šejla Kamerić
Wer Wir Sind
Group exhibition curated by Johanna Adam
Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
May 26 – Oct 8, 2023
Šejla Kamerić
Domesticated Abyss
Group exhibition curated by Vjera Borozan, Zbyněk Baladrán and Display - association for research and collective practice
Display, Prague
Apr 14 – Jun 11, 2023