BMoCA + Swoon Artist in Residence Emir Klepo is visiting from Sarajevo, Bosnia to share his latest film in a new series of photographic work titled Camouflage: A Photographic Exploration of War Trauma. This work explores the fluid nature of memory and the power of objects to evoke memories that we believed were forgotten. Klepo recalls his own experience growing up during the Bosnian War and connects this to our universal tendency to associate transformative moments in our lives with objects that represent them, and how our perception of these moments can change over time.
Emir is a visual artist who specializes in the mediums of photography and film. Klepo’s work explores the significance of mementos and the fluid nature of memory.
He received his MFA from the Department of Graphic Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and is currently a professor of photography at the Graphic Design and Multimedia Department at International Burch University. Additionally, he serves as the Dean of the Faculty of Education and Humanities at the same university.
About BMoCA + Swoon International Artists Residency
This program exists to invite creatives from around the world to explore their practice within the Boulder community. The goal is to foster the growth of emerging and established artists, musicians, writers, dancers, and other creatives by providing them with the studio space, resources, time, and freedom to take risks and realize expansive works of their imagination. The residency emphasizes the importance of a meaningful and multi-layered exchange of ideas and fosters working relationships with local entities. The result has been an interdisciplinary collaboration between the arts, technology, and sciences in which resident artists work closely with scholars, creatives, and experts at scientific research centers to further their current work or develop new works. Established in 2015, the program has hosted seven artists to date.