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Damir Avdagic | Exhibition Reception | CANCELLED

March 12, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm



Out of an abundance of caution, and following calls in the region to limit public events, we are cancelling the opening of Damir Avdagic’s solo exhibition Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) that was scheduled to take place March 12 from 6-8 PM.

HOWEVER, the show will be open through April 25 during our open hours (M-F from 11am – 5pm) and outside of those hours by appointment. If you would like to come see the show, one of us would be happy to receive you and give you a walkthrough (while maintaining good hygiene and a safe distance away!) Please email communications@18thstreet.org to take us up on this offer.

We will also endeavor to add more content about the show online in the following weeks so that this important work can be seen, heard, and experienced.

18th Street Arts Center is following the CDC’s recommendations in cleaning our facilities thoroughly and often, sanitizing surfaces, encouraging employees and artists with any symptoms to self-isolate, and of course promoting frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing.

Damir Avdagic | Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response)
March 12 – April 25, 2020

Atrium Gallery | 1639 18th Street
Exhibition Reception 
March 12, 2020 | 6-8 PM



Damir Avdagic’s project will explore the ways past events transmit between generations and how they affect the present. Avdagic will present his latest video piece Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response) (2018), in which four people in their mid-60s from ex-Yugoslavia, perform a transcribed conversation from the piece Reenactment/Process (2016), in which four people in their mid-20s discuss the inter-generational frictions they experience between themselves and their parents relating to the conflict in ex-Yugoslavia. Both video pieces will be on view.

For the reception, visiting artist in residence Stefan A. Pedersen will have an open artist studio.




Damir Avdagic is an interdisciplinary artist, currently living and working between Oslo and Copenhagen. The conflict in Ex-Yugoslavia from 1991-1995 and the exile of his family to Norway in 1993 informs Avdagic´s artistic practice which is based on performance, text, and video. By focusing on the symptomatic reactions that occur in these processes, his work reflects on how history is passed between generations and what effect it bears on cultural identity, nationality, and the self.

While in residence at 18th Street Arts Center, Avdagic will research the political aspirations of the generation that lived in the socialist federation of Yugoslavia and question what the legacy of socialism is for the generations that came after. 

His work has been shown nationally and internationally in venues such as Entree Galleri, Bergen, Norway; Kunsthall Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; Fotogalleriet, Oslo; KALA Art Institute, Berkeley; and Kristiansand Kunsthall, Kristiansand, Norway. Avdagic is a Fulbright Fellow and is the recipient of grants from prestigious institutions such as the Norway-America Foundation, Oslo; the Office of Contemporary Arts, Oslo; and the Danish Cultural Council, Copenhagen. Avdagic holds an MFAs from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, Denmark (2008-2014) and the University of California, Los Angeles (2013-2016).


Our gallery and event spaces are fully accessible, with ground level entrances with no steps. Upon requests for assistance, we will make programmatic aspects of our projects available in accessible alternative formats. You can email requests or questions at communications@18thstreet.org.

Damir Avdagic’s residency and exhibition are generously supported by the Danish Arts Council and Office of Contemporary Art Norway.

[image caption: Damir Avdagic, Repriza/Uzvracanje (Reprise/Response), 2018. 23:30 minutes. HD-video, sound. Still image. Courtesy of the artist.]


March 12, 2020
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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