Biography

Born in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 1965, he studied political science and journalism at the University of Sarajevo. At the same time, he worked as a photojournalist and artist and has beenactive as a freelance photographer in various art photography projects and photo studies in Italy, Belgium, England and the USA since 1988. Since 1992 Pušija has realised project works in Berlin, among others for the Kulturamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst, the Museum Europäischer Kulturen and the Allianz Kulturstiftung. His works reflect the personal stories of the people he meets. He delves into the microcosm of the urban and shows timeless documents of a society. With his view of society, he refers to different ethnic and cultural influences and looks behind the facades of cities. In his pictures he captures everyday and fleeting situations, thus showing the fragility and transience of life. Pušija has been working on the Roma in Europe cycle since 1994. A first extensive series was created in 1996-97, during the realisation of the project Duldung (Toleration) at the Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (New Society for Visual Arts), which photographically accompanied the exile situation of five Bosnian Roma families in Berlin. Further photo series followed, e.g. in 2005, during a field research commission by the Museum for European Cultures, Berlin. For this purpose, Pušija travelled for several months to the successor states of the former Yugoslavia: to Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Kosovo, in order to document the living situation of the Roma on site in a reportage. Pušija lives and works in Berlin.

CV

Nihad Nino Pušija. Exhibitions (selection)

2021
2nd Roma Biennale, Berlin (GER)
2019
STOPPING PLACES VII, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"Akathe Te Beshen . Atchin Tan", Akademie der Künste Berlin (GER)
2016
"Frei Sein!", Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"Parno Gras", Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"Von Hier zu Mir", Bulgarisches Kulturinstitut Berlin (GER)
 
"The Journey / Drom", Studio Я, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (GER)
2015
"Parno Gras", Theater Essen (D)
 
"Have a look into my life", Kulturforum Bukarest (ROM)
 
"Have a look into my life", Galerie Duplex 100m2, Sarajevo (BiH)
2014
Parno Gras, 61Paris, Paris (FRA)
 
STOPPING PLACES IV, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
EIGEN.BILD, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"Have a look into my life", Médiathèque Matéo Maximoff, Paris (FRA)
 
"Have a look into my life", Aubette, Strasbourg (FRA)
 
"Have a look into my life", Médiathèque Matéo Maximoff, Paris (FRA)
 
"Have a look into my life", GrazMuseum, Graz (AUT)
 
"Sarajevo via Berlin via Sarajevo", Studio Я, Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin (GER)
 
"Šta ima?", Festival (Publikation), Gasteig, München (GER)
2013
„Roma Renaissance“ Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"Romaism - Constructing Roma Cultural History", Gallery8 - ERCF, Budapest (HUN
 
"Parno gras", Galerie Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo (BIH)
 
"Duldung Deluxe", Passport, Centre Culturel Français Freiburg (GER)
2012
"Gypsy Revolution", Kallio Kunsthalle, Helsinki (FIN)
 
"An die Grenze gehen" (Katalog), Instituto Cervantes, Berlin (GER)
 
"Void" (Katalog) Gallery, BWA Sokół, Nowy Sącz (POL)
 
"Reclaiming identity", Akademie Graz, Graz (AUT)
 
"Roma è Roma" (Katalog), Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin (GER)
 
"All we are / Sa, so amen sam", Wilder Mann, Graz (AUT)
 
"Romaism - Constructing Roma Cultural History", Gallery8 - ERCF, Budapest (HUN)
2011
"Call the Whitness" (Katalog), Roma Kunst Pavillon, La Biennale di Venezia (I)
 
"Call the Whitness" (Katalog), basis voor actuele kunst, BAK, Utrecht (NL)
 
"Reconsidering Rroma" (Katalog), Kunstquartier Kreuzberg, Berlin (GER)
2010
"Duldung Deluxe", ECCHR, Berlin (GER)
2009
"Bring ein Ding!" (Buch), Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin (GER)
 
"Parno gras" Slovenski etnografski muzej, Ljubljana (SLO)
2008
"Die vergessenen Europäer" (Katalog), Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, Cologne (GER)
 
"Parno gras", Etnografski Muzej, Zagreb (HR)
 
"Paradise Lost" (Katalog), Museum Kampa, Prag (CZ)
2007
"Paradise Lost" (Katalog), Roma Kunst Pavilion, La Biennale di Venezia (I)
2006
"Roma und Gadje" Kortárs Roma Galéria, Budapest (HU)
 
"Roma und Gadje" Galeria Nouâ, Bucharest (RO)
2005
"180°" (Katalog) Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin (GER)
 
"180°" Galerija ŠKUC, Ljubljana (SLO)
 
"180°" Galéria Jána Koniarka, Trnava (SK)
 
"180°" Center for Contemporary Central European Art, Usti nad Labem (CZ)
2004
"Quo Vadis", Nationalgalerie von Bosnien und Herzegowina, Sarajevo (BIH)
 
"Transit", Camp Casillino 900, Roma (I)
 
„Wir sind wer wir sind. Aspekte zum Leben der Roma in der zeitgenössischen Kunst." (Katalog) Minoriten Galerien, Graz (AUT)
2003
"cimdata.de", Galerie 35, Berlin (GER)
 
"Representation du Travail/ Travail du Representation" portraits, Centre de la Photograghie, Geneve (CH)
2002
"Fotografische Impressionen" (Katalog), Museum Europäischer Kulturen, Berlin (GER)
 
"Zwischen Himmel und Erde" (Katalog), Hochschule für Künste, Bremen (GER)
2000 – 2001
"Heimatkunst" (Katalog), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (GER) Kulturverein, Rottenburg (GER)
 
"Sarajevo Self Portrait" (Katalog), The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton (USA); Museet für Fotokunst, Odense (DK); Neue Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin (GER)
2000
"Futura Existentia", Gallery KunstRaum, Berlin (GER)
1999
"Integration", Ausstellung der Zyklop Foto Fabrik Galerie KunstRaum, Berlin (GER)
 
"Formen sind Begriffe - Begriffe sind Formen", Gallery Nagornaja, Moskow (RUS)
1998
"Duldung: zum Leben der Roma in Berlin“, (Katalog) Cyclop photo factory und der Neuen Gesellschaft für Bildende Kunst (NGBK), Berlin (GER); Gallery Collegium Artisticum, Sarajevo (BIH) Galerija INA, Zagreb (HRV) Galerija Novi hram, Sarajevo (BIH)
1996
"Komparsen", Katalog "Konstruktion des Raumes", Bd. 1 Galerie Brotfabrik, Berlin (GER)
1995
"Queens", Blumenbinderei Moabit, Berlin (GER)
1994
"Ave Maria“, Gallery Franz-Mehring, Berlin (GER)
 
"Hotel Europa" Fotobiennale, Salon Futura, Fotobiennale, Rotterdam (NL)
 
"Raumeroberung", Cyclop photo factory exhibition and performance, Gallery Süd-Ost Europa Kulturzentrum, Berlin (GER)
1993
"Strano-Fremd-Obcy", homage exhibition and performance; organiser "Aliens with us" Kulturamt Schöneberg, Berlin (GER)
1992
"Aus der Hölle ins Ungewisse“, Berlin, Hamburg, Bielefeld, Lübeck, Köln, Kiel u.a. (GER)
1991
"NOB", Galerija Kamernog Teatra, Sarajevo (BIH)
1988
"Nino Fotografija", Crvena Galerija, Sarajevo (BIH)