ANIMA is an artist duo formed by the printmakers Mirza Rahmanovic and Denis Haracic in 2016. The primary goal of this duo is to actualize and bring forward printmaking as a medium of fine Arts that depends on classical drawing and technical skills. The ideas of both artists deal with universal themes considering the human being in various aspects of its existence. Both artists try to stay true to their views of the modern world, putting man and society in question, resulting in a mix of critical allegories, showing both, up and downsides of modern mankind. The artists have already collaborated in numerous projects before this one as they went to the same classes in the same school, working together for a number of years. This project is nothing more than an extension of their work, given a proper identity nad name.
Haracic Denis is a young artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born on the 21. of August 1991. in the city Travnik, he achieved his bachelor degree in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo in 2015. Today he is active as the co-founder of the group ANIMA, focusing on printmaking, and a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina association of visual artists.
"My work deals with the idea of human self-idealization and self-destructiveness. I was always impressed by totems and idols, especially those from prehistoric periods. Respecting the narrative simplicity they offer in telling a story exactly as it is meant to be told, no more and no less, I find that this type of artistic expression is the best way to express my own ideas about mankind and society.
In my pieces man is often shown as a statue-like silhouette made of stone and earth. I try to show humans as an aspect of nature, a part of nature leaving marks for generations to come. It is a tragic story of progress made over thousands of years building up to push us right back to our beginnings.
The leftovers are nothing but numb witnesses of a time long gone. Those petrified witnesses and the psychological trauma they carry are the most important part of my work as they raise questions directly related to the practices of modern society."
Mirza Rahmanović is a young artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Born on the 12. of October 1991. in the city Travnik, he achieved his bachelor degree in printmaking at the Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo in 2015. Today he is active as the co-founder of the group ANIMA, focusing on printmaking, and a member of the Bosnia and Herzegovina association of visual artists.
"My work is related to the making of religious allegories. Putting context out of various beliefs and religions in self-narrated pictures, showing acts such as the making of man, the genesis or Adam and Eve in my own unique way, satisfies me the most. My pictures are not meant as a statement to any religious theories, disputing them in any way, but more as sheer aspects of such stories I find to be the most interesting and intriguing.
Every picture is a somewhat grotesque interpretation of an event. The idea of giving myself the right to reinterpret matters of religion in this way is closely followed by the idea that every human, in fact, makes an unconscious unique picture of his beliefs. Every dogma is interpreted and understood more or less differently by any individual. In this case I, the artist, don`t hesitate to express my feelings and thoughts trough this stories.
Ultimately this is a story of interpretation and crossing lines in the search for new personal insights, experiencing my inner self and imagination trough this strong founded heritage."