Aida Šehović is a Bosnian-born artist whose work examines loss, trauma and displacement caused by war through a combination of ritual and politics. Born in Banjaluka, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Šehović arrived to United Stated as a refugee in 1997. A 2007 Jacob K. Javits Fellow, Šehović received a B.A. (2002) from the University of Vermont and an M.F.A. (2010) from Hunter College.
Her work has been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, the Flux Factory and the Grand Central Art Center. Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space Residency (2015), GCAC Artist Residency (2014), Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship (2013), Oma’s Soup Grant (2012), Hunter College Graf Travel Grant (2009), ArtsLink Award (2006), Santa Fe Art Institute Residency (2006), Vermont Arts Council Artist Development Grant (2005), and Vermont Studio Center Residency (2005). Her work has been reviewed and written about in the Huffington Post, Muftah, KCET, Globe and Mail, Politics Reconsidered, Dani, Radikal Hayat, and Seven Days. Šehović has participated on panels and symposiums at universities including Yale University, Trinity College, Pace University, Connecticut College, Columbia University and American University; arts institutions, such as Skowhegan Project Space and the Queens Museum, as well as various other organizations. For more details, please download full CV.
Her ongoing participatory community art project called ŠTO TE NEMA is a public monument to the 8,372 victims of the Srebrenica genocide. Uniting survivors and everyone else directly or indirectly affected by genocide, ŠTO TE NEMA is collectively assembled and disassembled by people as a recurring nomadic monument made with donated fildžani (small porcelain cups) that are filled with Bosnian coffee annually on 11th.
Always organized in close collaboration with Bosnian immigrant communities, the ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument has traveled to 12 different US and European cities since 2006. This year, Šehović worked together with the Bosnian diaspora in Chicago to bring ŠTO TE NEMA to Daley Plaza on July 11, 2017. Aida Šehović lives in New York City.