Selma Selman (1991, Bihać/BA) earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting (2014) and graduated from Syracuse University with a Master of Fine Arts – Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts, NYC/US (2018). Selman is of Roma origin. In her artworks, her ultimate aim is to protect and enable female bodies and enact an across-scalar approach to the collective self-emancipation of oppressed women. Her search for functional, contemporary political resistance stems from her personal experience with oppression from various directions and scales. Selman is a founder of the organization Get The Heck To School, whose aim is to empower Roma girls who faced the ostracization from society and poverty. She lives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, in the USA and across Europe. Selman’s works have been exhibited at Kunsthalle Wien, AUT (2020); L’Onde Center for Art, Paris, FRA, (2020); 58th Venice Biennale, IT (2019); Queens Museum, NY, USA (2019); Villa Romana, Firenze, IT (2019); The Creative Time Summit, Miami, USA (2018); 3. Berlin Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre, Berlin, GER (2017); Acb Gallery, Budapest, HUN (2017); Agnès b. Galerie Boutique, New York, USA (2017); New Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA (2016); Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin, GER (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, (BH) 2014.
»In 2018, I was part of the third international interdisciplinary art exhibition Personal, as part of the project Risk Change for which I received the White Aphroid Award for my works Dangers of the Body, The Body in Danger, Viva la Vida We Who Are Dreaming of. As part of the Risk Change project, my work was a part of My Art Is My Reality exhibition at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rijeka (CR), curated by Sanja Kojić Mladenov. The Risk Change project gives a chance for those artists who genuinely GIVE so much attempt for change of society while using art, technology, and mobility. Therefore, it allows us to think outside of the box and make sure that we can have a better future if you all respect those categorized as others.
– Selma Selman