Endi Poskovic



Widely exhibited, Endi Poskovic has represented the United States at major international exhibitions for prints, including Shanghai International Biennial, China, Taichung International Biennial, Taiwan, Krakow International Triennial, Poland, la Biennale Internationale d'Estampe Contemporaine de Trois-Rivières, Canada, Egyptian International Triennial, Deutsche Internationale Triennale, Frechen, Germany, Tallinn International Triennial, Estonia, Xylon International Triennale, France, Varna Biennale, Bulgaria, Warsaw Impact Biennale, Poland, Ljubljana International Biennale, Slovenia, and many others in the United States and abroad. Comprehensive surveys of Poskovic’s work have been organized by Philadelphia Print Center (2001), Plains Art Museum (2001), Des Moines Art Center (2006), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (2007), Interlochen Arts Academy Dow Center for the Arts (2008), and by the Frans Masereel Centrum in Belgium, which traveled to Stad Leuven Academie en Conservatorium and Academie voor Beeldende Kunst, Ghent in 2009.

Poskovic is the recipient of grants and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, John D. Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center, Pollock-Krasner Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Camargo Foundation, Open Studio, Indiana Arts Commission, Art Matters Foundation, New York State Arts Council, Durfee Foundation, Flemish Ministry of Culture-Frans Masereel Centrum, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, McColl Center for Visual Arts, Can Serrat International Art Centre, Spain, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Kala Art Institute, Valparaiso Foundation, Spain, Norwegian Government as well as research funding from the University of Michigan including the OVPR, Confucius Institute, Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Copernicus Endowment, Weiser Center for Emerging Democracies, and others.

Poskovic’s works are represented in numerous public collections including the Shanghai Art Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Royal Antwerp Museum of Fine Arts, China Academy of Art, Centre National des Arts Plastiques Cairo, Fogg Art Museum-Harvard University, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, New Orleans Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, Orange County Museum of Art, California, Kennedy Museum of American Art, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, Tampa Museum of Fine Arts, Vaasa Ostrobothnian Museum, Finland, and Musée d'Art Contemporain Fernet Branca-Saint-Louis, France.

Born in Sarajevo, Poskovic studied music and art from an early age and during the 1980s performed traditional music of the Balkans at festivals throughout Europe and the Middle East. He completed his B.F.A. at the University of Sarajevo Academy of Fine Arts, Poskovic and studied Nynorsk language and culture in Norway for an entire year on Norwegian Government sponsored Minnefondet Scholarship. From Norway, Poskovic moved to the United States to study at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he earned his M.F.A. in 1993. He is Professor at the University of Michigan Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design, and Associate Faculty in the Center for Russian and East European Studies | Center for European Union. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2008, Poskovic taught and was on faculty at Whittier College, Daemen College, Ball State University, California State University-Long Beach, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Columbia College Chicago. He has lectured extensively at universities and museums throughout Asia, Europe, Middle East, North Africa, and the United States.


Through the representation of familiar imagery my work proposes a range of eventualities, from hybridized narratives to unexpected scenarios, invoking a sense of place and time, and exploring ideas about displacement, memory and reconciliation. A critical element in many of my relief prints is the placement of invented phrases and words that are cut in wood, placed and printed below the images. Created in actual and/or faux Romance and Germanic languages, the captions contribute to interpretations that may simultaneously appear to be real and fictitious, rational and absurd. The intersection of the image and the written word in my prints reinforces the act of reading the two in a single context as a source of unlimited interpretive possibilities.

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Website: www.endiposkovic.com