FREEDOM

Year:
2017

Media:
Silver color metal

Size:
1300cm x 30000c m

EDINA SELESKOVIĆ is an artist with many years of international exhibiting experience.  She is recognized within the United States art scene and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Seeking answers to the questions about the role of culture in our society, Edina is changing general perception of art and artist, and her project Think Freedom on its world journey connects young people and creativity, cultural institutions and cities, art and new technologies.
Edina was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She came to the US as a high school exchange student in 1991. Due to the Bosnian War, she remained in the United States, found a new home and her life’s calling. Since her graduation from the Corcoran School of Art in Washington DC, her works have been exhibited in over 50 solo and group exhibitions in galleries throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.
Her collaborative efforts with artists working in varied art disciplines led to the founding of the New York art group The Stoodio and the fashion collaborative Anie Rexe. She is also one of the founders of the Williamsburg artist community in New York. Her projects did not stop there. She is also known for the public performance Take One in collaboration with NY photographer Emily Raw, video performance Maid in Chinatown in collaboration with LA artist Aaron Sheppard, which was presented at the first Chinese Biennial of Art in Beijing in 2008, and many others.
Edina’s life story and successful artistic career speak of many directions her path has taken.  Edina is also a recognizable name in the NY fashion scene with the fashion house Anie Rexe whose creations were featured on the pages of NRG, Cosmopolitan and Smock magazine.
Edina is traveling often, working on both continents whenever possible, and gladly developing projects related to Bosnia. In 2007, Special Edition BH Postage Stamp was painted by Edina Seleskovic and in 2013, Edina designed the BH national basketball team jersey. She is the founder of first Artist in Residence program in Bosnia at the studio of Ismet Mujezinović. Her Think Freedom project, launched from the city of Sarajevo, has for three years now been on its European tour, and will travel to South America, Asia, Australia – to have its final setting in New York in 2022.
Edina has won a number of awards such as Can Serrat Fellowship in Barcelona, Gosce Gallery Fellowship in Austria, Sculpture Space Fellowship in New York, and Sam and Adele Golden Foundation Fellowship in New York, and became the only artist to receive these two prestigious awards for both painting and sculpture. She is also a motivator and frequent speaker at conferences with a theme of culture in society, such as Weekend Media Festival, OPEN FEST, STEPS conferences and CEO conferences.
Her life and career are subjects of many magazine articles, TV and radio shows, and the documentary “Edina’s Story” by VoATV. Numerous planned projects take Edina throughout Europe today, she lives and works in New York, Sarajevo and Tuzla.

WHAT?
Think Freedom is a comprehensive public art project sending a message of freedom from the heart of Sarajevo to the region, all of Europe, the America’s, and the World. It incorporates sculpture, installation, performance, light, sound, film, the art of literary word, and new global communication technologies while connecting young generation with the universal power of art. It researches attitudes and opinions of both new generations and the public generating a platform supporting new dialogues, interaction, and diverse aspects of our lives in the new millennia. A renown Bosnian born New York sculptor joins hands with young students in order to create an urban spectacle and a masterpiece and share it with host cities providing an opportunity to connect globally through art creation. Installation of the project Think Freedom, composed of thousands of sculptures, on its journey will be presented in over 30 cities with the unique goal of uniting the concept of freedom in the today and the tomorrow, new ideas and contemporary art, while branding each host city as the city open to cultural innovation.…from Sarajevo City Hall to Daag Hammerskjold Plaza in New York City.

HOW?
Edina Seleskovic, a Bosnian born New York artist with a resume that includes contemporary multimedia projects on three different continents, is organizing a project in the spirit of interactive approach to multimedia installation. It is composed of several thousand sculptures, constructed individually from silver color metal and suspended in an enormous flock of freedom without borders.
Each piece is a symbol, as it is formed from two metal strips like two hands or two messages, twisted individually into a recognizable shape of a bird. The installation has an impressive visual and emotional effect on its immediate witnesses and as such attracts great global media attention. The photograph from the first installation at the Sarajevo City Hall was published by the AP as the Global Image of the Day and the first sculpture to eave Sarajevo was gifted to His Holiness by the Vatican Embassy during His visit to Sarajevo.
However, this work is more than its aesthetic aspect as each sculpture, each element of the installation, carries a handwritten message on its wings. Young high school students from each host city, are invited to write about their idea of freedom and their view of the future. These messages are written on the installation and will go on as the universal understanding of the power of art for the new generations.
Students of local art/architecture/design colleges work with Edina and design the installation anew, each time authentic to the host city. Filming images and footage from the installation along its tour, Think Freedom project will present a creative documentary dedicated to the project and the concept of Freedom in our time at the final installation work in New York in 2022.
We hope to present this project during your Fair as a special project.