CountyPrince George's County
Alma Selimovic was born in Rijeka(1981), Croatia, but was brought to Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) when she was only seven days old. She had the benefit of being raised by her grandparents and often watched her grandfather carve figurines out of wood to keep her entertained.
In early 1992 when war broke out in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Alma and her family lived in Sarajevo which was besiege for 1,425 days. They experienced constant shelling, sniper attacks, atrocities and constant shortages of food, water, electricity and gas. With almost 15,000 casualties and more than 50,000 wounded, thousands of apartments and houses destroyed.
In 2006, Alma got involved in LGBTIQ activism with the Organization Q. At that time she was already enrolled at the Academy of the Fine Arts in Sarajevo. Her work “Metal” was exhibited at the the first Queer Sarajevo Festival in 2008 when the festival was attacked at its opening.
Alma received her BFA degree in 2009. As one of the more prominent LGBTIQ activists and artists in BiH, she faced violence and threats and in 2009 she came to the USA where she was granted political asylum. Alma finished the MFA program at the Penn sylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in 2015.