28.9 – 28.9.2017. KAMMEN
Three artists equally devoted to the artistic act of creation, expressing themselves with their own visual language, founded the group KAMMEN thirty years ago. Founders of the group were Anto Kajinić, Mirko Marić and Edin Numankadić, artists of different, but complementary sensibilities. The first time they exhibited as a group was in 1987 in Art Gallery Zenica (Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina). On that occasion, in the exhibition catalogue Zvonko Maković wrote: „Far from any pathos, these works should be observed with clear eye. They do not appeal to any normative and aesthetic consciousness. To the contrary, aesthetic perception or subjection to convention /: norms / these artists neither accept nor deny. Such definitions are excluded from their circle, or more precisely, they do not interfere with their system of expression.“ Thirty years later, despite all the research and the different paths of artistic development, the same can still be said. The exhibition in the National Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina presents Kajinić’s world of whitness, Marić’s concerns for society and Numankadić’s intimate palette.
Anto Kajinić (Modriča, Bosnia i Herzegovina, 1953) graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevu in 1977. Since 1980, he is a member of the Association of Visual Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ULUBiH) and Association of Visual Artists of Croatia since 1998. He founded an art gallery of the Croatian cultural association Napredak Sarajevo in 1995. He worked at athe Academy of Fine Arts in Široki Brijeg since 1996, as a full professor at the Painting Department since 2009. From 1998 until 2007. he was a Vice Dean at the Academy, after which he was named the Dean and remained at that position until 2011.
Mirko Marić (Zenica, Bosnia i Herzegovina, 1949) attended the School for Applied Arts in Sarajevo and graduated from the Acadamey of Fine Arts in Sarajevo in 1976. Since 1972, he is a member of the Association of Visual Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ULUBiH). He moved to Graz, Austria in 1993. He collaborates with RHIZOM Verein zur Förderung Medienübergreifender Kulturarbeit in Graz since 1995 and with UniT-Verein für Kultur na Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz since 2007. on various art projects. He received 14 international awards for achievements in visual art.
Edin Numankadić (Sarajevo, Bosnia i Herzegovina, 1948) graduated from the Faculty for Pedagogy, the Department for Fine Arts, in Sarajevo. He is a member of the Association of Visual Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ULUBiH) since 1974. He is one of the founders of groups 1+1+1, Prostor-Oblik (Space-Form) and KAMMEN. He is also one of the founders of Ars Aevi collection and its permanent advisor. He participated twice at the Venice Biennale – in 1993, with the project entitled „Witnesses of Existence“, and in 2003, within the selection representing Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Exhibition is open until October 28, 2017.