Lana Čmajčanin (BiH): 166987 Pricks

Through the medium traditionally associated with “women’s work” the brutally frank language of sexual power is rendered in the quiet, gentle craft of embroidery. There is an obvious enjoyment of the tension that this produces, a relish redoubled by double entendre. Explicit content ironically commenting relationships, offers, demands, positioning, stereotypes, expectations and experience (within the art system).


Lana Čmajčanin (1983, BiH) lives and works as a visual artist in Sarajevo. Lana graduated in sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and is a founding member of the Association for Art and Culture “Crvena” as well as a member of the Artists Association of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). Her work presents an unbribable political agenda: giving voice to the most marginalized subjects as victims of sexualized war violence. However, Lana always succeeds to translate and transmit this local realities and experiences in a universal code, comprehensive for international audience. Lana’s work has been shown at The Biennale of Contemporary Art in Konjic, BiH; The Centre for Contemporary Art Tel Aviv, Israel; at the Decolonial Aesthetics, Bogotá, Colombia; at the SpaPort Biennale, Banja Luka, BiH and elsewhere.