Mila Panić was born in 1991 in Brčko, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Graduated from Academy of fine arts at University of Banja Luka, Department of painting in class of Veso Sovilj. During 2013, Mila spent 3 weeks at International Summer Academy in Salzburg in the class of Tania Bruguera. Mila got an Award from Museum of contemporary Arts, Banja Luka for the best student work at Academy of Arts and was the finalist in competition program of International video art festival “Now and After”. Mila participated at: 2014 Project BAUHAUS goes South-East Europe-Sarajevo 1914/2014; Video festival Miden (Greece); Multimedia art project,1st video edition, Museum of Contemporary Art (Banja Luka); VIDEONOMAD, video screening project; 2013 VIDEONOMAD, video screening project; Regional festival of independent art scene, BL-ART (Banja Luka); International land art festival “Straw” (Osjek); International Congress of contemporary art and theory FORMER WEST (Berlin).
2014 Now and after, International video art festival, GULAG museum (Moscow); International group exhibition of miniatures Minimum/Maximum 4,UAA (Banja Luka);
VIDEONOMAD, video screening, Souterrain atelier, LaMarsa (Dakart); 2013 International group exhibition of miniatures Minimum/Maximum 4,UAA (Basel); VIDEONOMAD, video screening, Souterrain atelier, LaMarsa (Tunisia); Group exhibition from Intermedia arts “Asymmetrical me”(Trebinje); I can be outrageously patient, House of Legacy (Belgrade), Museum of contemporary Art (Banja Luka); 2012 International group exhibition of miniatures Minimum/Maximum 3,UAA (Banja Luka).
We have a wonderful life
This art project started last year when I rewatched the tape that my uncle sent to my family when I was 12 years old. In that moment I realized from the position of an artist the real importance of the tape and what influence had on me and my family. It was some kind of hope.
This work deals with body migration, cultural migration, migration of wishes and needs. Besides the main part of video installation, the work contains a number of objects and photographs. My family moved to Australia in late 90’s during the post-war migrations. That was one way how to deal with the conflict, to migrate to one of many countries that offered refuge. When they (my uncle and aunt )settled they sent a videotape and all kinds of gifts to my family. Sending the video messages back to families and friends was a common way of communication, for us to see that they doing well. On the tape were their activities and all new stuff that they have. All artworks are examples of ’migration symptom in Bosnia. Whatever they were doing, dancing, swimming; it was their point of seeing a great and better life. Everything they couldn’t have done in Bosnia or that we still couldn’t. They left Bosnia to live Bosnian dream, to fulfill their secondary needs, wishes that one ordinary man, we in Bosnia couldn’t do.