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Selma Selman

Artist and activist Selma Selman (b. 1991, Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina) graduated in 2014 from the Department of Painting at the Academy of Arts in Banja Luka, and obtained her MA at the Syracuse University, New York State in 2018 in the field of Transmedia – visual and performing arts. Her works embodies the struggles of her own life as well as her community, and employs a variety of media such as performance, painting, photography and video installations. Her pieces are often inspired by her personal history, her family’s lifestyle and the background she comes from, her aim is to break down the prejudice which keeps pushing down her community to the lowest common denominator, denying its right to self-expression. Selma is the founder of the organization Get The Heck To School whose aim is to encourage and empower Roma girls around the world facing poverty and social exclusion.

She was a resident of Rijksakademie from 2021 to 2023, and exhibited at Gropius Bau, Berlin (2023 – 2024), Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin (2023), Autostrada Biennale, Prizren (2023), documenta fifteen, Kassel (2022), Manifesta 14, Prishtina (2022), Kunstraum Innsbruck (2022), MO Museum, Vilnius (2022), Ludwig Museum, Budapest (2022), Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel (2021), National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (2021), acb Galéria, Budapest (2021), Queens Museum, New York (2019), Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (2017), agnès b. galerie boutique, New York (2017) and 12-14 contemporary, Vienna (2016), amongst others.