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Lana Čmajčanin

Lana Čmajčanin

Bereich: Bildende Kunst, Video

Geometry of Time, © Olga Alekseenko

Pricks, © Janez Klenovsek

Modular Geography, © Elvis Krstulovic

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Bosnien und Herzegowina


Bildende Kunst, Video



Empfehlende Institution



Oktober 2016 - November 2016

Lana Čmajčanin was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo. Her work encompasses installations, video works, performances and sound installations. Čmajčanin’s socially engaged artistic practice is often situated and has a strong reference to a specific place, the political framework, the war and post-war situation in B&H and more widely also distinctly includes the role of women and the female body. She is not afraid to be engaged with even the most traumatic issues of the space she comes from. Her work presents an un-bribable political agenda and she succeeds in translating and transmitting local realities and experiences in a universal code that is comprehensible to an international audience.
Her work has been featured in numerous international solo, juried and invitational shows including: 2016 - Projektraum LS43, Besrlin (DE); 2015 - Geopolitical Zones of the Present, Duplex100m2 Gallery, Sarajevo (BA); Two Mouthsful of Silence, Duke’s Place, Aldgate, London (UK); Images of Our Time, Pera Museum, Istanbul (TR);
screening: VIDEONALE.15, Auditorium Kunstmuseum Bonn (DE); Resolution 827, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (NL); The Horizon Tries, Good Children Gallery, New Orleans (US); Grammar of Freedom / 5 Lessons, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art in Moscow (RU); 2014 - Blank Maps, Cultural Center Tobačna 001, Museum and Galleries of Ljubljana MGML (SI); curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed - The small i, Gabrielle Senn Galerie, Vienna (AT); A Time for Dreams, IV Moscow International Biennale for Young Art, Museum of Moscow (RU); Memory Lane, Galerie du Jour, Paris (FR); Video in Progress 5: Reflections of the Past, CUK Kino Šiška, Ljubljana (SI); What has our struggle given us? II, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo (BA); 2013 - 54th October Salon, KLUZ, Belgrade (RS); Feminism is Politics!, Beursschouwburg, Bruxelles (BE); Du bist mein Spiegel, Potemka Contemporary Art Gallery, Leipzig (DE); ...Was ist Kunst?... Resuming a Fragmented History, Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz (AT); The Aesthetics of the Small Act, Action Field Kodra, Thessaloniki (GR); Victory obsessed, Zamek Culture Centre, Poznan (PL); 2012 - Secondary Witness, ISCP, New York, (US); High - Wire Act, La Maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille (FR); Be realistic demand the impossible, < rotor > association for contemporary art, Graz (AT); 2011 - If you're trapped in the dream of the other, you're fucked, Škuc Gallery, Ljubljana (SI); Spaceship Yugoslavia. The Suspension of Time, NGBK - Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, Berlin (DE); I Will Never Talk About The War Again, Färgfabriken - Centre for contemporary Art, Architecture, Society, Stockholm (SE); Oslo Video Art Symposium - Salon of Film & Video Art, Atopia Film & VideoKunst Gallery, Oslo (NO); TULCA - Festival of Visual Art, Galway (IE); The Biennale of Contemporary Art D-O Ark Underground, Konjic (BA); Prolonged Exposure, The Center for Contemporary, Tel Aviv (IL); I Advocate Feminism, ArtPoint Gallery, Vienna (AT); 2010 - Decolonial Aesthetics, El Parqueadero, Bogota (CO); BH Video Art, Photon Gallery, Ljubljana (SI); International Women’s Film Festival, Rehovot (IL); Internationales Frauenfilmfestival, Dortmund - Cologne (DE), 2009 - Experimental Cinema - BH video art selection, Rauland Kunstforening (Art Association), Rauland (NO); She Personally, Huizer Museum Het Schoutenhuis, Huizen (NL); International Festival of Contemporary art - City of Women, P74 Center and Gallery, Ljubljana (SI);
She has participated in numerous Artists-in-Residence Programmes and awarded with several awards and scholarships including the Special Award of the 54th October Salon in 2013. She has also been nominated for the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Her work is found internationally in both private and public collections.

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Lana Čmajčanin


My focus during the residency stay will be to conduct an empirical research connected with the Ghost Gun project and the handgun Browning (FN) M1910 in particular. Residence in Vienna would provide me a unique opportunity to continue working towards further understanding and deconstruction of this subject. Moreover, the handgun Browning (FN) M1910 is on display at Museum of Military History, Vienna, Hall V – Franz Joseph Hall and Sarajevo (1867–1914) which is a great chance for field research and entering in the next stage of the development of the project. Nevertheless it is an ideal opportunity to establish contact with Museum of Military History, Vienna in order to provide with my intentions related with the project.
My intention is to deploy 3D technologies, to scan physical objects – Handgun Browning (FN) M1910, caliber. 380 ACP (9 mm Kurz) serial number 19074 by using advanced 3D scanning equipment to capture and transform it into the 3D digital model. After the stage of 3D scanning stage, the data, previously collected with 3D scanning procedure, will be used for further steps of 3D printing of first pistol 1:1 replica. In addition, data of the 3D model pistol provide me material for different artistic purposes such as making an animation or visualization. It can also be used to make design changes, to make a new product or to perform dimensional and comparative analysis of an object. Data can be used for archival purposes - to accurately record the state or form of an object.

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