memory. culture. art.
Nihad Nino Pušija

Born 1965 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. In 1985 commencement of journalism at University of Sarajevo; trainee photo-journalist and photo-illustrator for the Bosnian independent daily newspaper “Oslobodjenje”, in Sarajevo (comparable to the “Independent”, London). Since 1988 he has worked as a freelance photographer. Since 1992 Pušija is in Berlin, Germany and since 1994 project leader of “Zyklop foto fabrik” (Cyclops photo factory), a group of young artists who had to abandon their studies because of the war in former Yugoslavia, supported by the Kunstamt Kreuzberg and NGBK (New Society for Visual Arts), Berlin.
Main themes: Bosnia, refugees, conflict resolution, integration and Roma in Europe

Member of following organizations:
Association of Fine Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina (ULUPUBiH), Sarajevo
New Society for Visual Arts (NGBK), Berlin
Association of Artists (Ars Bosnae), Berlin

Selected exhibitions:
180°, Schwartzsche Villa, Berlin, 2005
Roma and Gadje, Kortárs Roma Galéria, Budapest, 2006
Paradise Lost, Roma Art Pavillon, La Biennale di Venezia, 2007
Parno gras, Etnografski Muzej Zagreb, 2008
The forgotten Europeans, Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, 2008

Nihad Nino Pušija states on his work:
For the last sixteen years, I have consciously chosen to live and photograph in Berlin. There is no other metropolis in the world in which two divided halves are trying to grow back together. Nowhere else can you find both the division, and the merging, between the East and West. In this time and place of transition, I have the unique opportunity to move around as an artist, exploring Berlin’s microcosms like its streets, food stands and even park benches, as change in progress. Through my eyes, as a foreigner, and with the tool of artistic photography, the faces of the inhabitants become projections of the events.
Photography is used as a medium to (re)gain one's identity and self-image. This is true for the subjects I capture, as well as for my own experience and role within this societal process of transition. It becomes increasingly important for me to find strategies and approaches to communicate my own experiences as part of the whole and make them heard. People and their unique personal stories are at the Centre of attention in portrait photography series at the turn of this century. These photographs of individuals become defining documentaries for whole groups of people.
It is my artistic goal to seek out microcosms, here, where I live and work, capturing the small changes and holding on to the unassuming, so that the resulting series of photographs will defy the vague generalizations of my surroundings and daily life.