Darja Bajagić Montenegro, b. 1990

Darja Bajagić (b.1990 in Podgorica, Montenegro) was raised in Egypt and the United States. She is currently based in Chicago, Illinois, and Bogišići, Montenegro. 

Bajagić confronts us with challenging unrest, rendering works that are difficult to look away from and forget. By incorporating and contrasting tropes of western beauty with images culled from fan-gore, true crime, and dark web sources that depict acts of violence, nationalist undergrounds, religious iconography, and symbolism, she amplifies cultural tendencies towards brutality, perversity, and extremism—exploring contemporary moralism and theories of evil. Correspondingly, her stratified compositions draw attention to proscribed attitudes and prescribed reactions that her works elicit. The most unsettling aspects of her practice might not reside in its necromantic appropriated content so much as in the disciplined reserve with which she corrals the darkest of inclinations amid neither frame of reference nor any univocal interpretation. Galvanizing the limits of censorship and the ways by which we hold images accountable, Bajagić’s thanatic imaginary plucks at the tethers between atrocity and libidinal want while flagging the avenues through which communities distribute conflicting ethical traditions.

Bajagić received an MFA from Yale University in 2014. 
Selected institutional solo exhibitions include Goregeous, Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers (2020); Born Losers, Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-On-Hudson (2018); Unlimited Hate, Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–), Graz (2016). 
Selected group exhibitions have taken place at National Gallery Prague (2021); Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art contemporain (2020); Futura Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague (2019); Es Baluard Museu d’Art Modern i Contemporani de Palma (2018); Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius (2018); LUMA Westbau, Zürich (2017, 2015, 2014); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (2015); Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2015); Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2014); Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Oaxaca (2014); Museum of Applied Arts (MAK), Vienna (2013). 
Her work has been included in the 42nd Montenegrin Salon of Visual Arts, Cetinje, ME (2020), the 57th October Salon, Belgrade, RS (2018), and the 13th Baltic Triennial of International Art, Vilnius, LT (2018). 
Installation shots