Born: Žepa, Bosnia and Hercegovina, 21 January 1995
The topics that you can most often find in the works of Elma Čavčić are war, political power and her false brilliance. Her work shows various elements related to these topics such as weapons, soldiers, planes and flags. These topics fascinated Elma both as a child and as she grew up, which led her to present and explore through artistic work while studying at the Academy of Fine Arts (HKU) in the Netherlands. The starting point of the work was the stories of her parents, which she tried to present through artwork in paintings and ceramic sculptures.
“In my works, if you observe long enough, you will notice contradictions in the work, the playfulness of colors versus war elements. By doing so, I try to give the viewer more space to ask questions rather than impose just a serious topic. My focus for my art is manly the conflict and war in Bosnia in the 90s, but it doesn’t stop there. In my ceramic works, such asthe medal and awards I make, are also a symbol of social performance that is present to this day. The medals that the veterans received as a reward actually represent lifelong trauma and memories of war events. For me, it is a paradoxical and contradictory medal worn by veterans, which symbolize a traumatic experience. ”
Absurdist spectacle, sweet lies and temptation. Shady representations of early 21st century, the century of progress. World power and power to destroy, splendour and destruction seem to go together. Repetition of all that has been and will return again.
A colorful and clumsy scene of painted and ceramic objects that festively embrace you in their gruesome beauty.
2013 -2017 Bachelor in Fine Art and Design in Education, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht (HKU).
2017-2018 Bcademie 2017/2018, class off Wandschappen.
2022 (UPCOMING) Juni EXBOOT, Utrecht (NL)
2022 (ONGOING) ‘Past is present’ with Jovana Štulić, Projectspace LOKAAL, Utrecht (NL)
2022 ‘Ljubavni sudar’ Duo solo with Jovana Štulić at H47, Leeuwarden (NL)
2020 Solo at Baak Seaside, Noordwijk (NL)
2019 Moving Gallery, Utrecht (NL)
2018 ‘Simultaneously: Left right, Right wrong’ Scoop, Utrecht (NL)
2022 ‘Kollektion Kitsch’ Worm Wunderbar, Rotterdam(NL)
2021 ‘Vrijheid van nu’ Galerie Pouloeuf, Naarden (NL)
2020 ‘Simpel Impact Factory’ Global Goal 10, SIF, Utrecht (NL)
2020 ‘ARTISTINTHEWORLD Utrecht Edition’ Galerie Larik, Utrecht (NL)
2020 ‘Borgerstraat Openstudios’ Art week Rotterdam (NL)
2019 ‘Keilecontemporary#3′ Har.art Gallery, Rotterdam (NL)
2019 ‘Midzomerfestival’ ZONDERPUNT collective, KANAAL30, Utrecht (NL)
2019 ‘Theatraal’ ZONDERPUNT collective, Frame.de.Galerie, Amersfoort (NL)
2019 ‘Twentyfourseven’, Academy gallery, Utrecht (NL)
2018 ‘This Art Fair 2018’, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 ‘KUNST IN /K’ Studio K, Amsterdam (NL)
2018 ‘On my way to the Galatic Supermarket, need anything?’ Garage Rotterdam, Rotterdam (NL)
2018 ‘ALLES KOMT GOED’ Atelier 014, Utrecht (NL)
2017 ‘Bcademie stand’ This Art Fair 2017, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam (NL)
2017 ‘Reflection’ Bcademie Wandschappen, Rotterdam (NL)
2017 ‘Looking for trouble‘ Casco/Fotodok, Utrecht (NL)
2017 ‘Exposure‘ HKU, Utrecht (NL)
2015 ‘Jongeren en hun belevningswereld‘, HKU, Utrecht (NL)
2019 Short movie: ‘Cloud Forest’ by Eliane Esther Bots
32 Filmfest Dresden (DE) // Go Short, European Competition, Nijmegen (NL) // Eye on Art, Eye Filmmuseum, Amsterdam (NL) // Movies that Matter Film Festival, The Hague (NL) // Glasgow Short Film Festival, International Competition, Glasgow // Nederlands Film Festival, Utrecht (NL) // Uppsala International Short Film Festival, International Competition, (SE) // Dokument Film Festival, Glasgow (SCH) // Kassel Dokfest, International Competition (DE) // Eastern Neighbours Film Festival, The Hague (NL)
2020 Studio Moio, TinderShit (still in progress) part the ‘Shit Museum’ on the Kunstroute Leiden. The work was created following the events that occurred in 2020. BLM, polarization, wildfires, politics etc… The studio asked me to make an interactive art work about ‘all the things we don’t give a shit about’. The idea of making a Tinder like board to swipe left and right quickly surfaced. It is an artwork where people can discuss current issues in the world together.
2022 Mondrian Fund ‘Artist start’ Stipendieum
2021 Galerie Pouloeuff Public’s Prize – Winner
2017 Preselection ‘HKU Gemeente Utrecht Award’
Gooi- en Eemlander, 11-02-2021: ‘Over vrij, en niet vrij zijn’
2021 Young Collectors Circle Festival, FRESH TALENT studio visit LINK
2020 Het Srebrenica Monument. Reflecties over de rol van een nieuw monument in de stad van Vrede en Recht. Gastspreker, Stroom Den Haag
2020 Radio NPO2 Bosnië door de ogen van de generatie ’95
2019 Artist talk Q&A Cloud forest, NFF
2019 –… Mentor brede basisopleiding, HKU (NL)