2016 11th 7a*11d Festival
Selma Selman, Viva la Vida 2016 PHOTO Selma Selman and Dinko Hosic
Tuesday October 18 7:30 pm
My art constitutes my reality and my way of living. Growing up in the ghetto and being identified as one of the ‘white’ girls in the Roma community has given me a particular view of the world. My ethnic identity and the experiences of living without a nation as part of the largest and most persecuted minority in
Europe inform my research and artistic expression.
Selma Selman (b. 1991, Bosnia and Herzegovina) works in media ranging from performance, painting, and photography to video. Selman defines herself as an artist of Roma origins, and not a Romani artist. The difference is subtle, but critical: through her work, Selman seeks to speak to the universal human condition, utilizing her background as a lens through which she can understand the entirety of the human experience. She wishes to break down prejudices that essentialize her community as a collective, robbing members of their right to individual expression. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting and is currently pursuing her MFA at Syracuse University.
Bosnia and Herzegovina/USA