Saturday, 17 October 2020

Aida Šehović - ŠTO TE NEMA

2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the ŠTO TE NEMA project and the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica Genocide. In 2020, for the first time, ŠTO TE NEMA was presented in Potočari/Srebrenica, the site of the mass atrocities, where it will remain permanently in its final iteration. 

ŠTO TE NEMA is a participatory public monument to the 1995 Srebrenica Genocide. Since 2006, this annual nomadic monument has been presented through an ongoing partnership between the artist Aida Šehović and Bosnian diaspora communities in various public squares around the world aiming to create sites of remembrance together. 


More information about the project: stotenema.com


Aida Šehović was born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and along with hundreds of thousands of others was forced to flee her country due to the threat of systematic violence and persecution in 1992. She lived as a refugee in Turkey and Germany before immigrating to the United States in 1997. Aida earned her BA from the University of Vermont in 2002 and her MFA from Hunter College in 2010. She received the ArtsLink Award in 2006, the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship in 2007, the Emerging Artist Fellowship from Socrates Sculpture Park in 2013, and the Fellowship for Utopian Practice from Culture Push in 2017. Her work has been exhibited extensively including at Flux Factory, Socrates Sculpture Park, 601 Artspace, and the Queens Museum. She was an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, the Vermont Studio Center, and the Grand Central Art Center. Aida is currently part of an inaugural artist cohort at LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island in New York City, where she is based. 

 In addition to bringing the ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument to 14 different European and US cities to date, the archive of the project was presented as part of the ŠTO TE NEMA [Spatium Memoriae] installation at Artivism: Atrocity Prevention Pavilion organized by The Auschwitz Institute for Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities coinciding with the 58th Venice Biennale. The same exhibition will travel to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in 2021. An extension of the work in form of a photo installation titled ŠTO TE NEMA [Family Album] was exhibited partially at 601 Artspace in New York in 2018 organized by artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. Aida is currently working on an exhibition in Belgrade that will premiere this new body of work for the first time in its entirety in 2020.

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