CULT Aimee Friberg Exhibitions is pleased to introduce a public-facing residency and exhibition by Bosnian born, San Francisco-based artist Jasko Begovic (Sko Habibi). Begovic’s residency/exhibition HUMAN_E.T. will feature immersive installation, tapestry collages, and custom one-of-a-kind wearable sculpture, exploring themes of immigration, home, and identity. From November 30 - December 14, Begovic will activate CULT with workshops, performances, and interactive art-making sessions incorporating his community of makers. HUMAN_E.T. aims to make empathic connections aiding in localized creative micro-solutions for current societal issues at large. Begovic’s residency/exhibition is curated by Aimee Friberg in partnership with the re:home exhibition and community action curated by Amy Kisch of AKArt Advisory + Collect For Change, Candace Huey of re.riddle, and Suzanne Zuber, taking place at Minnesota Street Project during December 2018. CULT is located at 1217 B Fell Street in San Francisco’s NOPA neighborhood. HUMAN_E.T. will kick-off with a public reception at CULT on November 30 from 6-8PM.
Operating at the intersections of art and fashion, Jasko Begovic (Sko Habibi) explores narratives of identity, belonging, spirituality and exclusion through a wide range of media. Employing painting, illustration, tapestry collages and wearable sculpture, his work spotlights the many questions plaguing our current age. Utilizing found fabrics and found objects that reference countries plagued by war and stigmatized by the American media— Begovic’s constructions explore narratives of identity, belonging and borders—psychological and physical.
Born in Bosnia, or the former Yugoslavia, in 1980, his childhood was divided when the war began in 1992. After a civilian exchange he escaped with his family to Croatia as a refugee to Germany, before immigrating to the United States. As a child of war, Begovic’s life is marked by crossing boundaries, and yet he defines his art by the lack of them. Similar to his lifestyle growing up as a refugee, his art finds a natural home as it blends into its surroundings; whether in India, Cuba or China.
Says Begovic of the residency, “I’m creating a space open to anyone to feel my story, and share their own. Experiencing war and seeing the worst of humanity, being forced to flee my home for political, religious and ideological conflicts, seeing my friends killed— even in those moments of hatred I found beauty in people, like strangers offering their homes and hearts to me. This is why we cannot give up on each other and why we stand up to hatred and believe in humanity with a common goal of Love.”
Stay tuned to CULT’s website for an updated list of related performances, workshops and conversations taking place on November 30, December 9 and December 13.
Developed in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut San Francisco, re:home is a For Freedoms exhibition and community action that examines how the broad societal crises of sanctuary city, homelessness, and the flight of the creative class intersect in the San Francisco Bay Area. Curated by Amy Kisch of AKArt Advisory + Collect For Change™, Candace Huey of re.riddle, and Suzanne Zuber, the exhibition will be on view at Minnesota Street Project from December 1 - 29, 2018.