“My works alternate between sensitive, harsh and ironic gestures revealing discriminatory identity attributions, role expectations and stereotypes. Thereby my body and identity becomes a medium for capturing civic and personal themes that articulate political resistance and feminist empowerment.
Repeatedly evoking the motif of scrap metal collecting and recycling, I question the ways in which we assign value to material objects, labor, and how we relate to both. In my works I carve out separate pieces from vehicles that reside between the painterly and the sculptural. Having had a very personal rapport with metal since childhood, my works fuse impressions of everyday life, art history, colloquial language and my own personal experiences.
Through performances, I expose the connectivity of all beings through the specificities of my personal experiences. It is important to me that my work communicates to different kinds of audiences; both to those who are part of the art world and those who are not.
Both artistic practices encourage and enable re-evaluation of what is assumed to be unchangeable, impossible or unnegotiable – pointing at the indefinition and dream-like nature of the reality we live in.”
Selma Selman (b. 1991 in Ružica, BIH) currently lives and works in Amsterdam. Recently she had solo exhibitions at: Documenta 15, Kassel (2022), Manifesta 14, Pristina (2022), Kunstraum Innsbruck, Innsbruck (2022), MO Museum Vilnius, Vilnius (2022), Kasseler Kunstverein Museum Fridericianum, Kassel (2021), National Gallery, Sarajevo (2021), Acb Gallery, Budapest (2021), SU Art Gallery, Syracuse, USA (2018) and many more. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions and festivals, such as URBAN TEXT, Institutes des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, EVROVIZION, ifa Stuttgart, Mediterranea 19 Young Artists Biennale School of Waters, 58th Venice Biennale, Kunstquartier Bethanien in Berlin, Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, New Children Gallery in New Orleans, L’Onde Center for Art in Paris, Queens museum in New York, The Creative Time Summit in Miami, Museum of Contemporary Art in Banja Luka, Villa Romana in Firenze, Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin, Galerie Boutique in New York and many more. Selma Selman is the founder of the organization ”Get The Heck To School”, which aims to empower Roma girls all around the world who face ostracization from society and poverty.