Danica Dakić

Danica Dakić (born 1962) in Sarajevo) is a Bosnian artist and university professor. She works primarily with video art, installation and photography. Her works have been widely exhibited, including at documenta 12 (2007) and at the 58th Venice Biennale (2019), where she represented Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1] Dakić lives and works in Düsseldorf, Weimar, and Sarajevo.

Life and educationEdit

Danica Dakić was born in 1962 in Sarajevo[2] and grew up in Yugoslavia.[3] She studied from 1981 to 1985 at the Sarajevo Academy of Arts and then moved to the University of Arts in Belgrade, where she continued her studies until 1988 and completed her master's degree in painting.[4] In 1988 she left Yugoslavia and went to Germany, where she studied from 1988 to 1990 at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf in the class of Nam June Paik.[4][5]

She spent the Bosnian war in Germany and in 1997 she returned to Sarajevo for the first time.


Dakić works across all media – from drawing to photography, video and sound works, film, performances, and sculptural objects. Employing performative and participatory processes, she creates images and voices that interrogate ever-changing social, political, and cultural contexts also for their utopian potential. In her works she also incorporates personal factors. Her working method is characterised by her longstanding collaboration with the photographer Egbert Trogemann, the composer Bojan Vuletić, and the producer Amra Bakšić Čamo. Her projects are based on often lengthy research and production processes, which make intensive collaboration with the protagonists in her works indispensable. Starting out from a particular architecture, a historical place, or an (art) historical image, she creates stages with the participants on which individual worlds of images and narratives are created, beyond political, social, or economic classifications and codifications.[6]

The Bosnian War and the Siege of Sarajevo had a profound influence on her artistic development and her early work. Beginning in 1997, in collaboration with the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA), she developed works in Sarajevo's urban spaces that engaged with the upheavals of a post-war society and that uncover processes of language development: In the video projection MADAME X (1997) she positioned herself for the first time in her hometown after all the changes caused by the war. In an alleyway in Sarajevo, her speaking mouth could be seen, but no sounds were heard.[6] In her work WITNESS (1998), she placed a video and sound intervention on the empty pedestal of the monument to the writer Ivo Andrić in Sarajevo's city park, to question the rewriting of history in times of great upheavals using the example of the missing bust of the Nobel Prize winner.[7]



Selected solo exhibitionsEdit

Selected group exhibitionsEdit


  • Danica Dakić. With texts from Boris Buden, Söke Dinkla, Ronja Friedrichs, Peter Gorschlüter, Sabine Maria Schmidt, Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2018. ISBN 978-3-903228-44-3
  • Danica Dakić: Emily, Gandy gallery 2011.
  • Danica Dakić. With texts from Horst Bredekamp, Tom Holert, Sabine Folie, Ulrike Groos, Tihomir Milovac, Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, 2009. ISBN 978-3-86560-679-2
  • Danica Dakić: Casa del Lago, Kunsthaus Langenthal, 2009. ISBN 978-3-905817-15-7
  • Danica Dakić: Role-Taking, Role-Making, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Düsseldorf 2005. ISBN 3-938821-26-4
  • Danica Dakić: Voices and Images, Revolver, Frankfurt am Main, 2004. ISBN 3-86588-016-9
  • Danica Dakić: Zenica Trilogy, exhibition catalogue, The Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, 2019.


  1. ^ "Biennale Arte 2019 | National Participations". La Biennale di Venezia. 2019-05-02. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  2. ^ "Dakić, Danica | Art Collection Telekom". www.art-collection-telekom.com.
  3. ^ Daniels, Dieter; Frieling, Rudolf; Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany), Kunstsammlung; Alstatt, Rosanne (2006). 40 Yearsvideoart.de: Digital Heritage : Video Art in Germany from 1963 to the Present. Amalgamated Book Services. ISBN 978-3-7757-1718-2.
  4. ^ a b Court, Isabelle de le (2020-11-26). Post-Traumatic Art in the City: Between War and Cultural Memory in Sarajevo and Beirut. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 978-1-350-19437-3.
  5. ^ a b Schmidt, Dr Sabine Maria (2019-05-31). "Düsseldorf: Porträt über zwei Düsseldorfer Künstler in Venedig". Westdeutsche Zeitung (in German).
  6. ^ a b Dakić, Danica, 1962- (2009). Danica Dakić. Groos, Ulrike., Milovac, Tihomir., Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf., Generali Foundation (Vienna, Austria), Muzej suvremene umjetnosti (Zagreb, Croatia). Köln: W. König. pp. 5–6. ISBN 978-3-86560-679-2. OCLC 466379753.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ "Danica Dakić – Witness". scca.ba. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  8. ^ "Danica Dakic born 1962". Tate.
  9. ^ "Isola Bella". Centre Pompidou.
  10. ^ Bordeaux, CAPC Musée d’art contemporain de (2020-12-10). "CAPC Musée d'art contemporain de Bordeaux". Navigart.fr (in French).
  11. ^ "Dakic, Danica | MACBA Museum of Contemporary Art of Barcelona". www.macba.cat.
  12. ^ "5 Orte: Julia Bornefeld, Vera Sous, Danica Danic, Suse Wiegand, Ulrike Grossarth". katalog.slub-dresden.de (in German).
  13. ^ "Danica Dakić, Triptychon | moderna galerija ljubljana". old.mg-lj.si.
  14. ^ Rittenbach, Kari (2009-09-03). "In Conversation: Danica Dakic Takes Off Masks". ARTnews.com.
  15. ^ "Danica Dakić. Role-Taking, Role-Making – Generali Foundation". foundation.generali.at.
  16. ^ "Hammer Projects: Danica Dakić | Hammer Museum". hammer.ucla.edu. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  17. ^ a b V.A.Z, S. H. i. "Danica Dakić: Utisci nakon otvaranja bh. paviljona u Veneciji". Radio Sarajevo.
  18. ^ "Danica Dakic im Lehmbruck-Museum". Lokalkompass (in German).
  19. ^ Allgemeine, Thüringer (2019-11-20). "Trilogie von Danica Dakić zu Aufstieg und Fall von Zenica". www.thueringer-allgemeine.de (in German).
  20. ^ La casa, il corpo, il cuore : Konstruktion der Identitäten : Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, 20er Haus, 24. Juni 1999–10. Oktober 1999. Hegyi, Lóránd., Museum Moderner Kunst (Austria). Wien: Museum Moderner Kunst. 1999. ISBN 3-900776-81-4. OCLC 43425541.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  21. ^ In den Schluchten des Balkan : eine Reportage = In the gorges of the Balkans : a report. Block, René., Kunsthalle Fridericianum. Kasel: Kunsthalle Fridericianum. 2003. ISBN 3-927015-35-0. OCLC 82772464.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  22. ^ herausgegeben vom Kreis Borken ; [Redaktion: Josef Spiegel, Günther Inhester] (2005). Skulptur Biennale Münsterland Kreis Borken 2005 : latente Historie. Köln: DuMont. ISBN 3-8321-7666-7. OCLC 61488356.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ Talking pictures : Theatralität in zeitgenössischen Film- und Videoarbeiten. Alimpiev, Viktor, 1973-, Krystof, Doris., Scheuermann, Barbara J. (Barbara Josepha), 1975-, Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany). Düsseldorf: K21. 2007. ISBN 978-3-926154-90-3. OCLC 173071425.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  24. ^ Das ABC der Bilder ; [anlässlich der Ausstellung Das ABC der Bilder der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin in Kooperation mit dem Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin zum Wissenschaftsjahr 2007, Jahr der Geisteswissenschaften, Pergamonmuseum, Museumsinsel Berlin, 27. Juni - 9. September 2007]. Wullen, Moritz,, Staatliche Museen (Berlin), Ausstellung Das ABC der Bilder (2007, Berlin), Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik (Berlin). Berlin: Staatliche Museen. 2007. ISBN 978-3-88609-587-2. OCLC 180171431.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)

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