b.1983. Lives and works in New York.

WORK Isak Berbic is an artist primarily working with photography, moving image and performance. His recent artworks reimagine popular narratives, crossing them with social and personal histories, often appropriating anecdotes and myths, politics and contemporary issues, environmental and economic ecologies, art history, cooking, migration, humor, tragedy, the global circulation of images and the limits of representation. Reflecting on contested histories, he uses fiction and documents, found and primary material, exploring the image and the literary in the construction of his pieces. His work takes on different forms of presentation, including image-text-object installations, photographic prints, videos, actions, texts and publications.

BIOGRAPHY In the 1990’s when Yugoslavia disintegrated and Sarajevo was under siege, he and his family escaped from the war in Bosnia, lived in a refugee camp in Denmark, and received political asylum in the United States. Isak Berbic studied art at the Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, and at University of Illinois at Chicago, where he completed his MFA. In Chicago Isak produced initial pieces such as My Uncle’s Tooth, 2006, and also worked on publishing Zambak, an independent culture and politics publication for the North American communities of the Bosnian War diaspora. From 2007–2012 he was based in the United Arab Emirates, where he taught at University of Sharjah, producing site specific works, photographs, short films, including projects such as Ministry of Culture in Abu Dhabi 2008, and, From the Life of Engineer D.M. 2011 in Sarajevo. Isak is currently based in New York. He teaches at The State University of New York at Stony Brook. After working with saguaro cactus, hippopotamus fossils, juju beans, lapis, shrapnel and meteorites, Isak is currently making red, white and blue stripe paintings and thumbs up in the studio.

CURRICULUM VITAE His recent exhibitions include the 2019 Havana Biennial; Singularities at David Totah gallery in New York 2018; Marrakech Biennial  2016; There, before 2015, solo at SAC Art Gallery, Stony Brook University, New York; BRIC Brooklyn Biennial 2014, New York; Dumbo Arts Festival 2013, New York; Engineer D.M., Novi Hram, Jewish Museum, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2011; Dojima River Biennale 2009, Osaka, Japan; Jatiwangi Art Festival 2008, Indonesia; Singapore Biennale 2008; The First International Photography Biennial, Teheran, Iran, 2007; Spring Break, Roots & Culture Contemporary Art Center, Chicago, 2007; SpeakUp, WHW, Galerija Nova, Zagreb, Croatia, 2004. Isak Berbic participated in Helsinki Photomedia 2014, Finland; Art Dubai, Global Art Forum, the Sikka Art Fair, and the Sharjah March Meeting in the United Arab Emirates, as well as Forum Forum at Mathaf, Arab Museum of Modern Art in 2012; Expanding Documentary: Auckland, New Zealand, 2012; ISEA 2008, Singapore; Take a Deep Breath: An Interdisciplinary Symposium, TATE Modern, London, UK, 2007. In 2010, Isak Berbic was an artist in residence at Transart Institute, Berlin, Germany, and SOMA Mexico City in 2018.

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