Danica Dakic

Danica Dakic creates sculptural installations, site-specific video projections, and public architectural sound projects to investigate the corporal and global aspects of identity and language, as well as the tensions that arise between collective and individual experience. Her video installation Zid/Wall (1998) comprises 64 square images of mouths telling stories in different languages, edited into a collage recalling bricks in a wall or a patchwork of parallel individual stories. Zid/Wall highlights Dakic's concern with the relationship between architecture, the body, and identity. In her video installation Autoportrait (1999), two languages and stories emerge from a barely animated bust of the artist. In this image, the artist's mouth is doubled, replacing her eyes and enabling her to tell fairytales simultaneously in Bosnian and German. As this disconcerting image obscures recognition of Dakic's face by obliterating the artist's eyes, it also portrays the composite of language, stories, and homes that make up her identity. Dakic's work has been shown at the Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden (1999); Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna, Austria (1999); Kunstsammlung NRW Duesseldorf, Germany (2000); Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin, Germany (2001), and she has created site-specific public projects in Bratislava, Slovakia, and in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She was an ArtsLink Fellow in 1999. Dakic was born in Sarajevo and studied at the Academy of Art in Sarajevo, the Academy of Art in Belgrade, and the Academy of Art in Dusseldorf. She lives and works in Dusseldorf, Germany, and in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovinia.

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