Šejla Kamerić (born 1976 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina) is a Bosnian artist who has received widespread acclaim for her poignant intimate, social, and political commentary. With a background rooted in graphic design and advertising, Kamerić specializes in video art, film, and installation. Her work often merges her own personal experiences with that of themes of the war in the Balkans. She is part of a Balkan group of artists whose… Read more
About the artwork
In 1994, an unknown Dutch soldier graffitied the words "No teeth...?, A mustache…? Smell like shit…? Bosnian Girl!" onto the walls of his army barracks in Potočari, Srebrenica while stationed as part of the UN Protection Force's mission responsible for safeguarding the Srebrenica area. Nearly a decade later in 2003, Kamerić lifted the text and re-appropriated the gesture and together with photographer Tarik Samarah created the work Bosnian Girl, 2003—a multifunctional image that has surfaced as posters, billboards, magazine ads, postcards, and an edition of inkjet prints.