Based on the activities launched under the organizing guidance of “Archaeology of Place”, Laumeier staff will launch a new series of commissions, collaborations and programs under the phrase “New Territories”. New Territories broadens our look at the world’s cultural zones as they have directly or indirectly impacted life in St. Louis.


Gigi Scaria

Spring 2015

In 2015, Laumeier will work with Laumeier will present new work by New Delhi based artist Gigi Scaria whose current work is focused on "social mapping" be it as territorial, cultural, environmental and of the hierarchies and systems of our global communities.

Gigi Scaria was born in 1973 in Kothanalloor, Kerala, India. He received his M.F.A. in Painting at Jamia Millia University, New Delhi in 1998 and his B.F.A. in Painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1995. His works have been included in a number of important exhibitions and venues, notably the India Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale, 3rd Singapore Biennale and the Prague Biennale all in 2011. He has had solo exhibitions at the Smart Museum of Art-The University of Chicago; Ian Potter Museum of Art-The University of Melbourne; Dubai Art Fair, United Arab Emirates; Gallery Chemould, Mumbai; Galerie Christain Hosp, Berlin; Video Space, Budapest; H Cube Gallery, Seoul; The National Art Studio, Changdong, Seoul; Palette Art Gallery, New Delhi; and the Inter America Space, Trinidad. He has also exhibited at India China Contemporary Art, Shanghai; Museum of Contemporary Art, Taipei; Helsinki City Art Museum; Kulturhuset, Stockholm; and at Vadehra Art Gallery, London. He lives and works in New Delhi.


Zlatko Ćosić and Ashley McQueen


Spring 2015

For the 2015 Kranzberg Exhibition Series video artist Zlatko Ćosić and dancer and choreographer Ashley McQueen will honor the labor that goes into the manicured landscape at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a series of dance performances, culminating in a short film, Ćosić and McQueen will explore our unique relationship with the St. Louis County Parks staff, highlighting the passion and hard work goes into the care and maintenance of our 105 acre landscape. Laumeier’s first “dance on camera” project, the performances and final film screening marks our continued interest in representing a range of art forms in the Park that challenges traditional definitions of sculpture.

Artist Biographies

Zlatko Ćosić was born in Banja Luka, Yugoslavia, the present day Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ćosić earned his MFA in Visual Art from Washington University and his BA in Video Production and Interactive Digital Media from Webster University. Ćosić's video installations have been shown at the Kemper Art Museum, Cecille R. Hunt Gallery, Sheldon Galleries, Des Lee Gallery and Gallery 210, all in St. Louis; Project 4 Gallery, Washington DC; Hunter College Time Square Gallery, New York; Kulturprojekte, Berlin; Kulturkiosken Gallery, Gävle, Sweden; Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo; and Stimultania Art Gallery, Strasbourg, France.His videos also have been shown at The Pulitzer Foundation for Arts; Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis; Saint Louis Art Museum; Belgrade Alternative Film and Video Festival; Florean Museum in Romania; dokumentART Festival; International Streaming Festival, Netherlands; Atlanta Underground Film Festival; Festival Internacional De Videoarte, Argentina; Espacio AVAart Gallery, Gijón, Spain; Torrance Art Museum, Los Angeles; Institut Für Alles Möglische, Berlin; XX.9.12 FABRIKArte, Venice; Zeta Gallery, Tirana, Albania; East Art Gallery, Tehran; Holdudvar Gallery, Budapest; Vizii Festival, National Historical and Architectural Museum, Kiev; VIDEOPLAY, Peras De Olmo - Ars Continua, Buenos Aires; Regional Museum of History of Colima, Mexico; International Video Art Festival, Moscow Museum of Modern Art; The Format, Contemporary Culture Gallery, Milan; and Qorikancha Museum, Saint Dominic Priory, Cusco, Peru. Ćosić currently lives in St. Louis and works as a multimedia producer, professor, and artist.

Ashley McQueen is a dancer and choreographer. McQueen attended Birmingham-Southern College before transferring to Webster University and graduating with a BFA in Dance, Ballet Emphasis. McQueen has choreographed multiple works, including three that were chosen to be performed at Southeast Regional Ballet Association Festival Performances. McQueen has set works on Southern Danceworks and Arova Contemporary Ballet, where she danced professionally for a season in 2011. McQueen received the Monticello Award and full tuition scholarship to attend the National Choreography Intensive as a dancer in 2008, and as a choreographer in 2012; as well as a scholarship to the Glenda Brown Choreography Project. McQueen’s work, "Angere," represented Webster University at the American College Dance Festival and St Louis National Dance Week. McQueen was named as a Webster University Dance Demonstration Fellow in 2013. During the summer of 2013, McQueen studied in Thailand under the direction of Pichet Klunchun and Patravadi Mejudhon at the Patravadi School in Hua Hin. McQueen currently performs with Common Thread Contemporary Dance Company and will be a guest choreographer through Annonyarts in spring 2014.


Danica Dakic: Three Places

Fall 2015

Curator: Dana Turkovic, Curator of Exhibitions

Trained as a painter, Danica Dakić often relies on formal techniques used in historical painting in her photographic and video works. Dakić’s installations are elegant meditations on place and how it affects its residents through role playing and performance. Her works are drawn from and inspired by collaborations with her protagonists of interest or performers set in highly wrought scenes and documented through a variety of media as they play out their own narratives. Originally from Bosnia and splitting her time between Sarajevo and Dusseldorf, Dakić has been invited to work with St. Louis’s 70,000 Bosnian populations during 2013 and will show the collaboration in a series of works to be shown in Laumeier’s galleries.

Danica Dakić was born in Sarajevo in 1962, and now lives and works in both Düsseldorf and Sarajevo. She studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Sarajevo (1981-85); the University of Arts, Belgrade (1985-88); and the Academy of Fine Arts, Düsseldorf (1988-90). Her work deals with issues of language and identity, and also comments on the conflict between individual and collective experience. Dakić has exhibited at the Gandy Gallery, Bratislava; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. She has also participated in the 6th International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Curitiba in 2011, the Liverpool Biennial in 2010, and the 17th Bienniale of Sydney in 2010. She received first award for her video installation, “Wall” at the SCCA – Sarajevo Second Annual Exhibition.

This exhibition is generously supported by St. Louis County Parks, the Regional Arts Commission, Missouri Arts Council
and the Arts & Education Council.


Raqs Media Collective

Fall 2015

Laumeier will work with RAQS Media Collective, a group of New Dehli-based artists / theorists exploring the complexities of urban life, will conduct research and projects in St. Louis that explore the impact of the rising economies of the non-Western world on the United States.

Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1991 by independent media practitioners Jeebesh Bagchi, (b. 1965, New Delhi, India), Monica Narula, (b. 1969, New Delhi, India), Shuddhabrata Sengupta, (b. 1968, New Delhi, India). They are described as artists, media practitioners, curators, researchers, editors and catalysts of cultural processes. In 2001 Raqs co-founded Sarai at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) in Delhi where they coordinate media productions, pursue and administer independent research and practice projects and also work as members of the editorial collective of the Sarai Reader series. They have had solo exhibitions at The Tate Britain and Frith Street Gallery in London; Palais des Beaux Arts, Brussels; Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and the Walker Art Center. The collective has exhibited worldwide, including Manifesta 7 in Trentino (which they co-curated); the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow; the 29th Sao Paulo Biennial in 2010, the 8th Shanghai Biennale in 2010;  Emocao Art.ficial, Sao Paolo; Nature Morte Gallery, New Delhi; Bose Pacia, New York; Roomade Office for Contemporary Art, Brussels; Serpentine Gallery, London; Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo; Mori Museum, Tokyo; Istanbul Biennial in 2007; Ogaki Biennale of New Media Art in 2006; 51st Venice Biennale in 2005; Taipei Biennial in 2004 and Documenta 11, Kassel, Germany, in 2002. They live and work in Delhi.