Selma Selman: Flowers of Life, exhibition view, © SCHIRN 2024, Photo: Norbert Miguletz
Selma Selman. Flowers of Life
Jun 20 – Sep 15, 2024
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

The SCHIRN presents a major solo exhi­bi­tion by the artist Selma Selman (*1991). Only a few years ago, she boldly and confi­dently entered into the spot­light of the inter­na­tional art world, describing herself as “the most dangerous woman in the world.” Together with her family, Selman disas­sem­bles former status symbols like Mercedes-Benz cars in front of an audi­ence, in order to acquire the few precious metals that are still usable. The spoken perfor­mances by this artist with a Roma back­ground are usually loud, for she gives expres­sion to anger and her urge to reverse power rela­tion­ships. Selman’s art describes impres­sively, and through a variety of media, expe­ri­ences of discrim­i­na­tion, violence, sexism, and patri­archy. In a variety of media, Selman’s art explores expe­ri­ences of discrim­i­na­tion, violence, sexism, and patri­archy in a striking way. Her multi­lay­ered work comprises perfor­mances, sculp­tures, paint­ings on car parts and scrap metal, draw­ings, and video. At the SCHIRN, the artist presents prints, small sculp­tural works made from precious metals, and two perfor­mances that pick up on central themes of her oeuvre, as well as two newly created works. The instal­la­tion “Flowers of Life” (2024), made from multi­pronged grabs, gestures to her family’s liveli­hood, which involves collecting and reselling scrap metal. The film “Crossing the Blue Bridge” (2024) is based on her mother’s memo­ries of expe­ri­ences in her home­town of Bihać during the Bosnian War (1992–1995). Selman takes these family expe­ri­ences as a point of depar­ture to situate herself as a femi­nist and activist artist who now campaigns inter­na­tion­ally for her commu­nity. Selma Selman was born in Bosnia and Herze­govina, and lives and works in New York, Amsterdam, and Bihać.

Selma Selman. Flowers of Life
Jun 20 – Sep 15, 2024
Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt
Frankfurt, Germany

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