02. August 2017 - 07. August 2017

Jusuf Hadžifejzović was born in 1956 in Prijepolj, Serbia. He is one of the founders of the „Yugoslav Documenta“ and the Biennial of Contemporary Art Sarajevo. Hadžifejzović creates in the domain of performance, he makes installations and „depotgraphies“, as well as analytical painting. He is one of the founders of the Ars Aevi Collection of the future Museum of Contemporary Art Sarajevo.
His first public performance was in Pula. In the performance made in 1994. for the Cetinje Biennial, „The Fear of Drinking Water“, Hadžifejzović played darts with a photograph of his family, showing his first family reunion after a three year separation during the war. On the basis of this photograph, he later developed a series of performances with the same title that dealt with the collective trauma of separation and loss and were staged in museums and galleries in Rome, Belgrade, Sarajevo, Seoul, Antwerp, Zagreb...With the work „Shop of Emptiness“, he continues his long-term engagement connected to affirmation and valorisation of contemporary art. The objects used in the assemblage have been when he returned to Sarajevo following the end of the war.
He created the Depo Kafe (IPC Gallery and Assassination Gallery), as part of the 2005 Sarajevo Winter. The project was a place where the host/artist played the owner and sold drinks to people in the gallery, and it served as a place for young artists to exhibit. Hadžifejzović run the „Charlama“ gallery of contemporary art, an institution which continues the tradition of the largest pre-war art exhibition in Sarajevo – the „Yugoslav Documenta“.


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