Emir Šehanović

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Eugster || Belgrade

Emir Šehanović is interested in today’s world that has gone to pieces as the literal sediment of human activity. He brings objects to an (after)life, or to the point in which they start to resemble life. Much of his work brings together parts of different bodies, different types of hybrids of us and our image. Maintaining that the body is fundamentally plastic and that corporeal identity is constituted by a conspiracy of sensations, he pursues the question of how the body fits, or fails to fit into its aesthetic environments.

  • Emir Šehanović, installation view "The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine”, Eugster||Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia (2019); Photo: Ivan Zupanc
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Emir Šehanović (b. 1981, Bosnia) draws inspiration from meditations on the post-human body, Frankenstein’s body as Mary Shelley wrote about it, or the contemporary cyborg body. In line with this narrative, Šehanović presents us with worlds free from the anthropocentric complex, where both nature and artificial entities produce reality. In response to his work, one must think about the very real presence of all that seems to be fiction, and yet is not: climate change, new viruses and our response to them, a reflection on our possible future which is already here. He sees the Anthropocene primarily as ...

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Emir Šehanović lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. Outside of the region, he has shown his work in the context of solo and group shows at Jeune Création, Les Beaux-Arts de Paris (2018), AQB Project Space Budapest (2018), Ultrastudio Los Angeles (2018), Gallery Weekend Berlin (2015), Athens Video Art Festival (2013) among others, and took part in Liste Art Fair (2015), Parallel Vienna, ArtGeneve (2018), Vienna Contemporary, ArtGeneve (2019). Šehanović has recently been selected as part of 100 Sculptors of Tomorrow, published by Thames and Hudson.



published by: Thames & Hudson (2019), authored by Kurt Beers

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EXHIBITION: The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine, text by Miloš Zec

If we want to learn to live in the Anthropocene, we must first learn how to die.

Roy Scranton

”The world was to me a secret which I desired to divine”.

Mary Shelley’s Modern Prometheus is an early product of the modern Western world. In the novel, Victor Frankenstein is a doctor who represents and almost foreshadows the romantic disillusionment with the established order, especially with the high ideal that society could be transformed by individual effort.

Emir Šehanović has presented us with his own puzzle.

His latest commision eng ...