Saša Rajšić, Art Installation Technician | July 12, 2017
ŠTO TE NEMA is a public monument created as a response to the Srebrenica Genocide in July of 1995. Conceived as a participatory nomadic monument, ŠTO TE NEMA travels to a new location annually, enabling different communities to commemorate the Srebrenica Genocide collectively and in a public space on its anniversary. The monument consists of a growing collection of fildžani, small porcelain coffee cups, continuously collected and donated by Bosnian families from all over the world. The total number of fildžani roughly corresponds to the growing number of body remains found, identified, and buried to date. Every July 11th, the public is invited to participate in the making of the monument by placing the collected cups on the ground and filling them with Bosnian coffee prepared on site throughout the day. This year’s edition of the ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument was installed in Daley Plaza in Chicago from 9am to 9pm.
Aida Šehović is a Bosnian-born artist whose work grapples with displacement, loss and trauma caused by war, through a combination of ritual and politics. Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Šehović arrived to United Stated as a refugee in 1997. A 2007 Jacob K. Javits Fellow, Šehović received a B.A. (2002) from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. (2010) from Hunter College. Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Flux Factory and the Grand Central Art Center. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency (2015), GCAC Artist Residency (2014), Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship (2013), Oma’s Soup Grant (2012), Hunter College Graf Travel Grant (2009), ArtsLink Award (2006), Santa Fe Art Institute Residency (2006), Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant (2005), and Vermont Studio Center Residency (2005). Her work has been reviewed and written about in the Huffington Post, Muftah, KCET, Globe and Mail, Politics Reconsidered, Dani, Radikal Hayat, and Seven Days. Šehović has participated on panels and symposiums at universities including Yale University, Trinity College, Pace University, Connecticut College, Columbia University and American University; arts institutions, such as Untitled Art Fair, Skowhegan Project Space and Queens Museum, as well as various community organizations.