Maja Bajević was born in 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she received a Diploma of the Fine Arts Academy of Sarajevo in 1990 and continued with her Master studies in 1991. In 1996, Maja Bajević achieved a Diplome of the ENSBA in Paris, France. She further pursued Post Diploma studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Bajević now lives in Paris, Berlin and Sarajevo and works in the fields of video, performance, photography and installation.
In her performances, videos, installations and photographs, Maja Bajević confronts privacy with the public as well as the personal with the political. Her personal view on phenomena of a global world becomes the epicentre of public discussions about truth, identity and homeland. Subjects such as the abuse of power or religion are as central and common to her work as migration, marginalisation of the foreign and the tension between the local and the global. By questioning political and economical structures of our time, she is enabled to create works of stunning subtlety.
Several critics have noted Maja Bajević’s engagement with issues of political power and patriarchy, and, more specifically, with the exclusion of women from the historical record traced in cultural patrimony. Less commented upon are the ways in which, from the beginning, she has addressed the question of reception by striving to resist any easy consumption of her work by the art-world systems. Today, Maja Bajević is one of the most important artists rooted in East-ern Europe.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
Daad Galerie, Berlin, 2012
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, ES, 2011
Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus, CH, 2009
National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sarajevo, BiH, 2006
Selected Group Exhibitions
“All the World’s Futures”, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, cur. Okwui Enwezor, 2015
4th Internaional Canakkale Biennale, Canakkale, Turkey, 2014
The National Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway, 2014
4th Thessaloniki Biennial, Thessaloniki, Greece, 2013
Art Beijing, Beijing, China, 2012
Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada, 2011
Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK, 2010
Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, PL, 2010
Cerámica Contemporánea, Tlaquepaque, Jalisco, MX
Collezione la Gaia, Busca, IT
Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Modena, IT
FRAC Franche-Compté, Besançon, FR
FRAC Pays de la Loire, Carquefou, FR
Fundacion NMAC, Cadiz, ES
Moderna Museet, Stockholm, SE
Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, BiH
Siemens artLAB, Vienna, AT
I WISH I WAS BORN IN A HOLLYWOOD MOVIE
Artists’ Web Projects
Since its inception, Dia has defined itself as a vehicle for the realization of extraordinary artists’ projects that might not otherwise be supported by more conventional institutions. To this end, it has sought to facilitate direct and unmediated experiences between the audience and the artwork. Beginning in early 1995, Dia initiated a series of artists’ projects for the web by commissioning projects from artists who are interested in exploring the aesthetic and conceptual potentials of this medium.
Maja Bajevic’s “I Wish I was Born in a Hollywood Movie” presents images of locations reminiscent of cinema noir — melancholic and bleak, yet compelling. Bajevic set out to contemplate the impact of the “dream machine” by weaving together this collection of scenes that serve as real-world counterpoints to Hollywood’s glamorized representations of life.
Launch Date: 3/30/06