Nadija Mustapić (Rijeka, 1976) works predominantly in video installation, but her practice included documentary and experimental film, installation, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and performance.
In her work she explores multidimensional relations between the representation of space, its subjectivity and political contingency. Her approach is based on audio-visual documentarism that focuses on abstracting, fragmenting and constructing poetic narratives, considering therefore documentarism an expandable category. She also often employs fictional elements as well as psychogeography to trigger changes in the viewers’ perception of a place in time. The non-linear narratives constructed around places that evoke contingent conditions, states of being or meanings get translated into immersive spatial video/audio installations.
Mustapić has exhibited in over 30 solo (MMSU – Rijeka, Cecile R. Hunt – St.Louis, MKC – Split, the Home of HDLU – Zagreb..), over 50 group exhibitions and festivals (15th Venice Biennale Architettura, Si:n Festival o video art & performance – Ramallah, Faulconer Gallery – Grinnell, TH-T Award – Zagreb, Directors Lounge – Berlin, Instants Video – Marseilles, Contemporary Art Ruhr Media Art Fair – Essen, Art Kino Croatia – Rijeka..) in Croatia and internationally. Her artistic practice also includes collaborations. She is one of founding members of The Moving Crew art collective (www.themovingcrew.org). Mustapić has received different stipends and awards (Saari Residency/ Konnen Foundation, Headlands Artist-in-Residence, Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Assistantship, Peggy Guggenheim Museum Internship..).
She graduated from the Faculty for Humanities and Social Sciences, Art Department at the University of Rijeka (BFA, 1999). In 2004, she earned her MA and in 2005 her MFA degree (graduated with honors) from the University of Iowa (printmaking/intermedia).
Since 2006, she lives and works in Rijeka, Croatia. She is an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Applied Arts, The University of Rijeka where she teaches at Media Arts and Practices graduate program.