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I enjoy intervening in public physical and media space, as well as working with everyday speech and objects. In my artistic practice, what intrigues me most is what is not there - be it political, personal or poetic.

Bojan Stojčić (b. 1988) is one of the strongest voices of recent art from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He obtained his master's degree from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and began his artistic practice as a creative associate of Anur Hadžiomerspahić in the Ideology Creative Team. Central to his expression are simple interventions in everyday life, with which Stojčić emphasizes the urgency, poetics, traces and political nature of his subjects. His work has been presented and selected in renowned art institutions and private collections in North America and Europe. Group exhibitions (selection): Museum of Now / Berlin, Germany (2020), Danube Dialogues / Novi Sad, Serbia (2019), MMSU / Rijeka, Croatia (2019), Good Children Gallery / New Orleans, USA (2016) .), ZVONO / Sarajevo (2014). Solo exhibitions (selection): Pickle Bar Slavs & Tatars / Berlin, Germany (2021), Art Gallery BiH / Sarajevo, BiH (2020), Gallerie Showcase / Grenoble, France (2019), Collegium Artisticum / Sarajevo, BiH 2014)

Seeking for a person

Intervention Seeking for a person it appears in different contexts. The artist has been posting it in the ad sections of various daily newspapers or specialised ad papers throughout the region, as well as in the exhibiting spaces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, and France. This intervention in public space conveys the basic communicative function of art itself, as well as one of the basic characteristics of a civic, democratic society. With this ad, in addition, Bojan Stojčić positions himself as a citizen, an artist, and a human within an environment in which such categories are frequently met with misunderstanding, rejection, or reduction. Reduced to the form of an ad, this work does not necessarily immediately communicate its artistic intention to the public, opening it to everybody – even those people who are less likely to respond to the artistic event. The materials gathered after the ad has been placed become parts of the documentation – each conversation, call, each message, social and traditional media reactions, each lack of any reaction at all.

Interview

What is the language in common for the young people today?

Searching for the Other.

What does the process of making one of your pieces look like?

Perception - reflection - production - presentation. Sometimes not in that order.

Which challenges have you faced while making art as you know it?

Since the last few years I have been working in two different environments - Sarajevo and Berlin, I notice that both the periphery and the center have their challenges. In Sarajevo, it is a lack of opportunities. In Berlin, this is a lack of reason.

Do you consider yourself an artist, and what does that word mean to you?

Sometimes I know I’m an artist, and sometimes I don’t know what that word represents.

What is your escape from reality? Do you even have a need to escape from something?

I don’t find it helpful to run away from reality.

What does the word innovative mean to you?

The reason is the difference. Innovation comes from experiences of the environments and conditions in which I live.

Do you have a plan for the future? Where can your artistic practice take you?

In the upcoming period, I am working on several exhibitions and performances in Sarajevo, Berlin and Tallinn.

 

What made the biggest influence on you to become what you are today and do what you do now?

War experience, refugees and attempts to belong.

How would you describe Serbian (Balkan or European-depends on where you live and work) contemporary cultural scene?

As far as I can see from a distance, the Serbian cultural and artistic scene seems unexpectedly productive, despite but also due to the lack of conditions for its work. Similar to BiH.

In which way does your creative process shape you or changes you as a person, if it does at all?

I think the path is reversed, the ideological and creative process is changing based on my personal experiences.