Friday, February 28, 2014

Emir Esh Sehanovic: occulltism, paganism, supertition in contemporary art. A great artist to discover


Take three deep breaths. Pagan tradition, superstition and the occult are some of the constant themes present in his work, while collages and asamblages are his favorite instruments.
Emir Šehanović ESH was born in 1981 in Tuzla, Bosnia & Herzegovina. In the late 90s he was already an active participant of the local street art scene under the pseudonym Aorta. His biography is filled with multi-faced engagements - from street art projects, over solo and collective exhibitions, all the way to foundation of the artistic group Manufaktura in Tuzla, as well as the regional initiative Art of Asfalt. http://www.can.ch/spip.php?rubrique4


Aorta (Emir Šehanović ESH )


Esh received international recognition for his mural projects, video, digital prints and multimedia. Pagan tradition, superstition and the occult are some of the constant themes present in his work, while collages and asamblages are his favorite instruments. The final result may be a collage, print or spatial intervention, based in the digital domain but intruded by specific materials which have a deep cultural value for the author. The space receives a special treatment in his works, whether it is an intervention in public space or a classic format of a painting. 

He has so far presented exhibitions in New York, Athens, Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Sofia, Belgrade, Stuttgart, Heilbronn, Herceg Novi and other cities in the region, while he is a regular visitors of the Škver and MUU festival in Mali Lošinj and Zagreb respectively. His works can often be seen on the pages of relevant blogs and art magazines. 

Emir Šehanović ESH


At L’OV, the artist will show new works which refer to a still very common, bosnian pagan healing practise, the so-called „salijevanje strave“. As the exhibition title indicates, its goal is to deliberate the patient from anxieties, traumata and inner presure and to let him experience release. In reference to the utensils used by the healer during the séance – such as covers and plumb – as well as due to his own interest in fabric design, the artist has employed tradional and self-designed pattern. The results are obscure looking works which oscillitate between tapestery, collage and sculpture. 

Info: http://www.l-ov.org/, info@l-ov.org 

Press contact: 
Marie Villemin tel: +41 (0)78 739 30 22 e-mail: mv@can.ch 

Opening friday 28 february 18.30 

CAN / L'OV - Centre d'Art Neuchatel 
Rue des Moulins 37 Neuchatel



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Emir Šehanović ESH

We add here also the first part of an interview (in Serbian language), you can find the whole article here

Ko je Aorta, ko je je Esh, a ko je Emir Šehanović?
Aorta je ime vezano za street art fazu, ne za skorije murale i slične stvari koje sam radio, već na samom početku - od 1999. do najdalje 2009. godine sam koristio to ime. Esh je vezan za kolaže i digitalne radove koji su mi sada u fokusu. U jednom trenutku sam osetio da je nastala neka nova ličnost, "ugasio" sam Aortu i počeo da koristim Esh.

Dok si bio aktivan kao Aorta, šta je najviše obeležilo taj period tvog rada?
I tada sam se dosta menjao kroz vreme, počeo sam da radim klasične stilove kao i većina ostalih ljudi oko mene, ali to je ubrzo prestalo da me ispunjava. Onda sam se više posvetio karakterima, mada, i dalje su bili u pitanju klasičniji grafiti sa sprejevima. Od 2005. sam počeo da radim veće radove, koje i danas smatram dosta ozbiljnijim, počeo sam da koristim kreč i četke.

Tvoji murali su bili specifični po tome što zalaze u prostor, nisu to bile samo hiperdimenzionirane slike na zidovima. Kako si istraživao taj pristup i da li ti je i dalje prostor bitan element u radovima?
Tada sam počeo da mnogo više uključujem arhitekturu i prostor u svoje radove, to me je na neki način izdvojilo od drugih koji su radili slične stvari u sredini u kojoj sam odrastao. Ti radovi su mi lično i dalje interesantni, mogu i danas skroz da stanem iza toga što sam radio. Prostor je uvek diktirao intervenciju, obično nisam imao ni skice. Nekada nisam imao pojma šta bih radio… Ali nakon što bih bio određeno vreme u prostoru, gledao sam kako da ga maksimalno iskoristim, da uz svoju minimalnu intervenciju dobijem što bolji vizuelni efekat. Mislim da sam i bio relativno uspešan u tome. Ali sam se opet ubrzo zasitio. Kada sam počeo time da se bavim provodio sam više vremena na ulici i zato mi je bilo lakše, imao sam slobodnog vremena da radim na otvorenom. Kad sam počeo da radim, u smislu stalnog posla, dosta sam bio za kompjuterom a manje na ulici, i tada su me privukle i digitalne tehnike.


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