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Darija Radakovic


Darija Radakovic is a Bosnian-born, Canada-based, internationally recognized artist whose work is predominantly conceptual, whether it is a performance, ready-made, sculpture, textual work, assemblage, or large-scale installation.

Darija Radakovic was born and raised in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She moved to Belgrade during the Bosnian War to study at the University of Belgrade where she received her BFA.  The Faculty of Fine art at that time was a bee hive of rebellion and disgust with authorities and Darija learned how to infuse her art to express her views and to criticize the government and society.  

Darija’s family ultimately fled Belgrade. She became a refugee and then an immigrant. She came to Canada in 2010 and became a Canadian citizen in 2015. These experiences are reflected in her art which questions issues of identity, equality, social conflict, and freedom of expression.

Darija has received the Arts Abroad Grant (2018) from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Artist Opportunity Grant (2017) from the Calgary Arts Development the Artist Opportunity Grant (2017) from the Institut für Alles Mögliche Residency in Berlin, Honourable mention from the London International Creative Competition, UK (2012) and the Artist-in-residence (2011) from the Calgary Allied Arts Foundation, in Calgary. She has also participated in a number of residencies including The Institut für Alles Mögliche Residency – AIR in Berlin and an upcoming NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.

Darija continues to exhibit in Europe including Belgrade and Sarajevo.  Her work has been selected for a number of exhibitions including “Human Capital” at Contemporary Calgary, curated by Tak Pham in Calgary, “Northeast Southwest” at the Kulturstiftung des Bundes, curated by Irfan Hošić, in Dresden, “ The Smile of the Sphinx”, curated by Ilari Valbonesi,  at Carlo Bilotti Museum in Rome, and “The Art of Anti-War”, curated by Ana Simona Zelenovic, in Belgrade.

Darija’s work is never the same, neither in technique, style, nor a theme, but it’s always about the honest confrontation with the issues that trigger her attention, and exposing that confrontation to the audience. Darija says, “I have always had a critical attitude toward my surroundings, and when it comes to making art I tend to think that some satire is inevitable, maybe even remedial.”

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Seemingly Minimal

Playing and experimenting with the seemingly minimal effort.

This series of paintings came out of my previous one, but there’s a distinction in the naïveté these posses. They are not burdened with any meaning; there’s nothing more than is showed. If you find some significance, it resides in the eye of beholder.  


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