Maja Bajević was born in 1967 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, she received a Diploma of the Fine Arts Academy of Sarajevo in 1990 and continued with her Master studies in 1991. In 1996, Maja Bajević achieved a Diplome of the ENSBA in Paris, France. She further pursued Post Diploma studies at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Bajević now lives in Paris, Berlin and Sarajevo and works in the fields of video, performance, photography and installation.
In her performances, videos, installations and photographs, Maja Bajević confronts privacy with the public as well as the personal with the political. Her personal view on phenomena of a global world becomes the epicentre of public discussions about truth, identity and homeland. Subjects such as the abuse of power or religion are as central and common to her work as migration, marginalisation of the foreign and the tension between the local and the global. By questioning political and economical structures of our time, she is enabled to create works of stunning subtlety.
Several critics have noted Maja Bajević’s engagement with issues of political power and patriarchy, and, more specifically, with the exclusion of women from the historical record traced in cultural patrimony. Less commented upon are the ways in which, from the beginning, she has addressed the question of reception by striving to resist any easy consumption of her work by the art-world systems. Today, Maja Bajević is one of the most important artists rooted in East-ern Europe.