'Proof of Existence: An Exhibit of Work by Contemporary Artists of Bosnian and Balkan Origin' curated by Yvonne Petkus

January 22 – April 13, 2018
University Gallery, Ivan Wilson Fine Arts Center (FAC), Western Kentucky University

HAD Collective Artist Talk
(with introduction to 'Proof of Existence' exhibition by Professor Yvonne Petkus)
Wednesday, February 28, 5:30pm

Artist Aida Šehović & Filmmaker Rialda Zukić Short Film Screening/Panel Discussion
Tuesday, April 3, 6:00pm

artists represented in exhibition:
Ilhana Babić
HAD Artist Collective (Muhamed Bešlagić- Hamo, Anel Lepić, Damir Sarač)
Emira Hajdar
Danielle Mužina
Diane Ramic
Maja Ružnić
Aida Šehović
Selma Selman
Rialda Zukić

Exhibition and events were made possible with support from the WKU Department of Art, Office of International Programs, Potter College of Arts & Letters Office of the Dean, the Kentucky Museum, the Bramham/Collins Visual and Performing Artist Endowed Fund, Information Technology, and all those who generously contributed to our WKU SpiritFunder Campaign.

Poster designed by Joon Sung:


Images from the exhibition:

Catalogue of exhibition available at lulu.com

includes statements by the artists and images of their work, curator's statement by Yvonne Petkus, and essays by Dr. David D. Lee, WKU Provost/Professor of History, Addie Cheney, Assistant Director, WKU Office of International Programs, and Dr. Jerry Daday, WKU Associate Professor of Sociology/Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching & Learning.

Intro to 'Proof of Existence' Exhibition and HAD Artist Collective Lecture at Western Kentucky University

Introduction by Yvonne Petkus
HAD Lecture by Muhamed Bešlagić- Hamo, Anel Lepić, and Ilhana Babić
February 28, 2018

Filmed and edited by Julie Taylor with audio by audio tech Andrew Swanson:


International Visiting Artist Workshop by the HAD Artist Collective (from Visoko, Bosnia and Herzegovina)

February 26 - March 2, 2018
Over the course of four days, HAD created two five-foot tall wallcuts collaborating with students, faculty, and community members in the courtyard of the Kentucky Museum on the campus of Western Kentucky University.

HAD Artist Collective: Muhamed Bešlagić- Hamo, Anel Lepić, and Damir Sarač with collaborating photographer Ilhana Babić


Timelapse filmed and edited by Julie Taylor with additional set-up and assistance by Andrew Swanson:

Unveiling of the HAD Artist Collective's finished works – March 2, 2018 in the courtyard of the Kentucky Museum:


'Proof of Existence', a film by the HAD Artist Collective
post visit to WKU

Filmed by Ilhana Babić
Audio: Što te nema played by Nehad Hrustanbegović
HAD Artist Collective: Muhamed Bešlagić- Hamo, Anel Lepić, and Damir Sarač


Ritual – Monuments – and Artist-led/Community-driven Artwork
Workshop with Visiting Artist Aida Šehović

April 3, 2018

photos by Clinton Lewis


Visiting Artist Panel Discussion & Short Film Screening with
Artist Aida Šehović and Filmmaker Rialda Zukić

April 3, 2018
photos by Brent Björkman

and the child draws another inscrutable house

Visiting Artist Talk by Danielle Mužina

October 3, 2018