Šejla Kamerić
Bosnian Girl in the Artist and Society wing of the Tate Modern
Permanent collection
Tate Modern, London
Jun 20, 2022

How can art be used to disrupt and challenge patriarchal systems?

In Bosnian Girl artist Šejla Kamerić stares directly at the camera, holding our gaze. The overlaid text quotes graffiti by an unknown Dutch UN soldier found at an army barracks in Srebrenica during the Bosnian war (1992–5). Using the stylised poses found in fashion photography, Kamerić both challenges and embodies the soldier’s words. In this act, she stands for all women who have experienced prejudice because of their gender or identity. She hints at how women become markers of national identity, their bodies politicised as a way uphold territories and borders. In her gaze, she asks us as viewers to be accountable for our own ways of looking.

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