Exploring identity and change

August 14 / 141

Elmedin Žunić's work explores social and political unrest, and expatriation.
Elmedin Žunić's work explores social and political unrest, and expatriation.

A series of non-traditional materials such as concrete and ash representing never-ending change has been exhibited at the University’s George Paton Gallery by Victorian College of the Arts PhD student Elmedin Žunić.

The exhibition, The After State, features four installation pieces which use a variety of materials such as concrete, mesh and paper to explore issues of social and political unrest and expatriation.

The After State is a collaborative project between Mr Žunić and Melbourne based artist Rushdi Anwar. It is concerned with turbulent change that occurs within substance, time and space. 

The non-traditional materials used by Mr Žunić explore themes of alienation, identity and expatriation, arising from his experience of the Bosnian conflict in the 1990s and his resettlement to Norway with his family.

“My work shows how institutions can both create and erase identities when they are involved in social conflict and historical change,” he said.

Mr Žunić has been involved in the art scene in Australia as well as exhibiting in South-Africa, Kurdistan and Norway. He has been awarded grants from Kristians and Kommune, Vest-Agder Fylkeskommune, Cultiva Express, and The Norwegian Grant Scheme.

After completing a Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts in 2010 at RMIT, he returned to Norway in 2011 where he continued to pursue his artistic endeavours. Mr Zunic is now based in Melbourne to complete his PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Art

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