Ismar Cirkinagic

Ismar Cirkinagic (b. 1973, Yugoslavia) currently lives and works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He graduated from The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in 2006, and in 2010 he was awarded the 3-year working grant from The Danish Arts Foundation.

Ismar Cirkinagic works with a varied picture media setting (drawing, photography, video and large scale interventions).Taking his own experience of the war and the genocide in the Former republic of Yugoslavia as reference point, Cirkinagic is a mnemonic artist creating an opportunity for us to experience a persistent struggle against oblivion.

Cirkinagic adds to the whole understanding of the work a signification which creates room for refelction and a call for contemplation regarding political problems. Accordingly, you will find no explicitly documentary images of mass graves in his works, Cirkinagic’ art is humble, generous, critical, insisting and spiteful, Instead Cirkinagic shows us a kind of horror vacui when he for example in his large series sets up herbariums with plants collected at the mass graves. The works do not show what happened but instead makes visible the heaviness of the oblioion that has already descended over the places of crime. By avoiding the direct confrontation with death and destruction, and by positing and creating connotations to the tragic events, Cirkinagic shapes a strong figurative language about the aftermath of war and social disasters.

Artist’s website


10 May – 16 June 2014
Negatives Beyond the Green
Solo exhibition
Fotogalleriet (Format), Malmö SE


Object 505

Revisiting the Past


Variations on Black

SOD Group Show 2012

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