Nadija Mustapić (Rijeka, 1976) works predominantly in video installation, but her practice includes documentary and experimental film, installation, and other media.
Her work 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 solo exhibitions (Hippoyte Gallery Helsinki, MMSU – Rijeka, Cecile R. Hunt St.Louis, MKC Split, the Home of HDLU Zagreb..), 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. Since 2012 she collaborated with Toni Meštrović on larger-scale projects for museums, galleries or specific sites. She is one of founding members of The Moving Crew art collective (www.themovingcrew.org). Mustapić has received 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). She earned her MA (2004) and her MFA degree (2005, graduated with honors) from the University of Iowa.
Since 2006, she lives and works in Rijeka, Croatia. She is Associate Professor at the Academy of Applied Arts, The University of Rijeka.