2019 Venice Biennale News

Danica Dakic Is Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Pick for the 2019 Venice Biennale

Danica Dakić, Zenica Trilogy (still), 2019.

©DANICA DAKIĆ, VG BILD-KUNST BONN/COURTESY THE ARTIST

With the 2019 Venice Biennale set to open in May, the last few participating countries are announcing plans for their pavilions, and today brings word that Bosnia and Herzegovina has selected Danica Dakić.

The artist, who was born in Sarajevo, the capital city, in 1962, plans to present a new film installation called the Zenica Trilogy, which “addresses social and individual responsibility in the context of contemporary Bosnia and Herzegovina,” she said in a statement. “Once the site of one of the largest steel factories in Europe and the symbol of Yugoslav modernist progress, the period after the Bosnian war has left the city of Zenica facing high rates of unemployment, extreme air pollution as well as a general feeling of resignation among the population.”

Though she’s a veteran of international surveys like the 2014 Bienal de São Paulo, Documenta 12 (in 2012), the 2010 Biennale of Sydney, and many more, Dakić has shown only rarely Stateside, so the showcase will provide a special opportunity for Americans visiting the Floating City to catch up with her work, which has tended to use photography and video to take up intermingled questions of history, memory, politics, and various ideologies.

The Bosnian pavilion will be housed at the Palazzo Ca’ Bernardo in Sestriere San Polo and is being commissioned by the Ars Aevi Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo, with Anja Bogojević, Amila Puzić, and Claudia Zini serving as the curatorial team.

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