The artist works and lives in Düsseldorf and Sarajevo. In various media–video, sound installation, film, and performance–she explores cultural identity and memory, history, and language in their permanent transformation. Migration is also a recurring motif in Dakic‘s oeuvre.
One of her iconic pieces, El Dorado, a sound installation she created for documenta 12 in 2007, is cross-cultural and cross-national; against the backdrop of the panorama wallpaper Eldorado (1848) from the Tapetenmuseum in Kassel, she projects wishes, dreams, and longings of migrant teenagers who lived temporarily in a residential home for separated underage refugees in Kassel.
When asked whether growing nationalism all over the world no longer leaves any room for utopian places, she told FemaleOneZero in an email, “Perhaps, but in times of growing nationalism, however, the desire to find utopian places for oneself also grows.“
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She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo, the University of Arts, Belgrade, and finished her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Düsseldorf in 1990.
She is a professor at the Bauhaus-Universität in Weimar.
Dakic has participated in many biennials, e.g. documenta 12, Istanbul Biennale or Biennale of Sydney, and had solo exhibitions e.g. at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Generali Foundation, Vienna or Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb
For more information: danicadakic.com
Photo Credits: © Egbert Trogemann / VG- Bild, Bonn