Amra Causevic (b 1984) is an installation artist who orchestrates instances of potentiality through object touch, activations, assembly, and interaction. The artist presents concrete possibilities of play through the physicality and sensory experience of the work, while exploring ideas of walking, memory, place, and migration. Amra Causevic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and currently resides in New York.
2020 Installation of found objects, text, audio Dimensions variable
‘I’m trying to merge the old self with my new self’—Amra Causevic
2020 Egg cartons, music boxes, sensors, motorized wheels 213.36 x 152.4 cm / 84 x 60 in
2020 Wood, motorized turntable 60.96 x 45.72 cm / 24 x 18 in
Since the studios have been locked down, I wasn’t able to make as much. I had some materials that I was able to bring home. There, I was sewing a tapestry that I’m still in process of making. I continued making what I had before the lockdown, although everything has, like my mental perspective, shifted quite a bit.
Now I’m trying merge my old self to my new self.
A lot of my work is interactive and touch base and often times I ask people to interact with my sculptures and installations.
I think it’s about community and building empathy.
One part of the work is an installation called ‘data.’ They’re basically objects that I have collected, or were given to me, or that I had found in the street. I saw these objects grouped together with text, in form of jokes, puns, poetry, and quick associations. It is through this arrangement, I realize my understanding the world, and how I discover the little moments of every day. They’re sort of like residues of the the ‘now’ strata. Maybe in my next life I’ll be an archaeologist who comes across to uncover them.
I enjoy interacting with architecture, for me, exploring the city, I find that I become a child, because I find these curiosities in various places. And I think I’m trying to bring that out into the world because I essentially just want everybody to be curious.
Then there is an architectural model that I built based on my desire to build my own home. A part of my work is biographical in nature, in a sense that I was born in Bosnia and there was a war, and so my family and I migrated all over the place and finally came to the United States. So as an adult, I’m constantly thinking about what it means to move but also leaving your possessions behind, and then to think about materiality. What is this stuff, and what is a home, and what are these tangible things?
The annual Spring 2020 Thesis Exhibition for graduates of the Hunter College MFA Studio Art program represents works by 19 artist graduates of this nationally noted program. Originally planned as a series of physical presentations at Hunter’s 205 Hudson Street campus in Tribeca, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the MFA Thesis Exhibition’s digital iteration aims to provide a new, expanded platform for young artists entering the field.