Last guided tour within the Grayson Perry's 'The Vanity of Small Differences' exhibition is scheduled to be held on Thursday, 19 October, at 19.00, in the premises of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska (MSURS). The honor to guide the audience through the exhibition one last time before the closing in Banja Luka was given to Damir Nikšić.
During the tour, Damir Nikšić will share with the audience his views of the exhibition, which he had before he heard the author talking about it and how the author of the exhibition answered all the questions he previously had.
As a critic of a transition society, I will try to find out what is characteristic of the initial accumulation of capital here, to define together, or at least roughly, sketch the basic class styles and tastes in our society, image and visual characteristics, the status of the symbol, to find examples of "class migrations", successful individuals, tycoons, ways and dynamics of relationships, to imagine our stories, we find together references to famous works of art and compositions in the history of art, purely to discover how the brain of artist works today, what is art in these times of hyper production and HD reproduction, which way and how the artist can and should do everything.
WHO IS DAMIR NIKŠIĆ?
Damir Niksic is an international artist who currently lives and works in Sarajevo. He studied at art academies in Milan, Bologna and Sarajevo. Graduated in 2000 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and in 2004, finished his masters in the arts and history of art at the University of Arizona in Tucson. He lectured in 2005-2006 at Northwestern University in Evanston, USA as a visiting professor. He exhibited at the 50th Venice Biennale in 2003 in international selection, as well as in numerous galleries and museums around the world.
In autumn 2011 he occupied the Art Gallery of BiH for the duration of 84 days, then he curated and led the JAVA Gallery of Contemporary Art in Sarajevo for almost two years. As an engaged street artist, he has been active online locally, regionally and in diaspora since 2013. In autumn of 2016, as an independent candidate at the Municipalitiy elections in Sarajevo, he designed and ran an art campaign as a street performer and won 11% of the votes.