Lana Čmajčanin lives and works in Sarajevo and Vienna. She studied at the Academy of Arts in Sarajevo and since 2016 she has been a doctoral candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. She is also founder and member of the culture union CRVENA and can be seen as multimedia-artist.
“Is there Beauty after Aleppo?”
“The work questions the position and role of culture and cultural institutions of Western Europe nowadays. With reference to the Theodor Adorno essay, Cultural Criticism and Society (1951), the question arises: Is There Beauty after Aleppo? It calls to a remembrance of the reality of the unseen citizens of Aleppo that are expeditiously forgotten. The work represents a reaction to Vienna Art Week, 2016’ theme – Seeking Beauty and it’s set against a background that reveals the map of the vast devastation of Aleppo, home to more than two million people before the war.”
Čmajčanin has been guest in various Artist-in-Residence-Programs in Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Albania, Hungary and Lithuania. Her work has been shown in many group exhibition in Europe, but also in the US. She had single exhibitions in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Finland, Slovenia and Hungary. Her works can also be found in various public and private art collections, for example: Arteast 2000+ of the Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Agnès b – art collection Paris, Luciano Benetton Collection Treviso/Italy.
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