KAMEN Artist Residency
An artistic research and production and residence program.

Orah, Bosnia and Herzegovina,

KAMEN is an independent artist-run residency founded in 2018 in Bosnia and Herzegovina to provide a space for a small number of artists, curators, and art-related researchers to live and work in proximity to one another, and engage in collaborative or solo projects.

KAMEN works with people of all adult ages, ethnic backgrounds, and genders at different stages in their career and across a variety of disciplines. Residents can apply for a period from 1 up to 3 months.

KAMEN is a non-profit organization.


KAMEN Artist Residency is a place that aims to cater to different types of artistic practices. We welcome artists, curators, and researchers across a wide range of fields. KAMEN is interested in exchange between people, ideas, methodologies, and disciplines, bridging diverse practices and interconnecting different forms of knowledge. We especially encourage cross-disciplinary projects;people working with performative practices, historical and sociopolitical research, mythology, anthro-pology, religious studies, geology, environmental issues, contemporary film, forms of writing, etc. As the residency building is surrounded by a large lakeside lot in a rather unexploited area, environmental projects are welcomed as well.

By means of strategic introductions made throughout each residency session, KAMEN assists residents in engaging in intercultural collaborations with a diversity of local constituencies, as appropriate to each resident’s discipline and particular interests. KAMEN is also suitable as a peaceful place for retreat; to work on the production of art works, perform research, or write. Applications are open for all project phases: from the initial research to the finishing of works.


KAMEN encourages an outcome to the time spent at the residency, but is not outcome-oriented. Each participant is invited to hold a public presentation, in any preferred format, scale, and environment at the end of their residency period. KAMEN facilitates exhibitions, presentations, and screenings to be held at a number of institutional, alternative, or public spaces in the area in collaboration with our partners. Residents can also hold a lecture, showing, master-class, or workshop for Academy of Fine Arts students in Trebinje.


KAMEN has been partnering with different local cultural institutions and art associations, to assist in connecting its residents to local constituencies according to each project’s needs. At this point we have several partners in Trebinje, the closest larger city 15 km from the residency, such as Gallery KC – Cultural Centre Trebinje, the Academy of Fine Arts, the Museum of Herzegovina, and its team of anthro-pologists, ethnologists, and archeologists. We also collaborate with several smaller associations that practice traditional craft (weaving, crochet, embroidery, icon-painting), singing, dancing and manufacturing musical instruments, as well as the local mountaineering society and elementary and high schools.


KAMEN is located in a quiet rural area on the outskirts of Orah, a village that is home to just a few families, close to the Bilećko Lake in Bosnia-Herzegovina. The residency neighbors a 14thcentury Orthodox monastery, where nuns practicepainting icons. The residency overlooks the Bilećko lake, which was artificially formed in 1968. When the lake was constructed, five villages flooded, including its houses, graveyards, and also the remains of a Roman villa with spectacular floor mosaics. In the summertime when the water level lowers, it is possible to walk on the bottom of the lake, through the remains of the flooded villages and ruins. Two small islands in the lake, right in front of the residency building, then become hills that can be reached on foot. The seasonal changes and the plentiful cultural responses to the seasons makes Orah an exciting and inspiring area, to which we aim to connect in our day-to-day life at the residency.


KAMEN is focused on creating self-sustainable circumstances. Aside from our own fruit orchard and vegetable garden in development, nearly all food products are organic and bought locally. Fresh fish comes from the lake, wine and honey from the monastery, the cheese from the neighbors and so on. We are also planning to start beekeeping and to develop our garden further to eventually be able to produce more of our own provisions.


The selection committee of KAMEN, an interdisciplinary group of individuals who share a strong commitment to the arts, creative, and critical thinking, review submitted proposals. The committee chooses projects based on the quality of work, commitment to practice and ability to interact positively with a community at large. Each resident period will host a group of people working in a variety of disciplines.

Selection committee 2019:


Application guidelines
Applications are accepted in Serbo-Croatian, English, and Dutch and may only be submitted electronically. The application should include a project proposal and its presumed outcome (max. 1000 words), a C.V., and portfolio that gives an overview of the development in your work over the last 5 years. Aside from this, your proposal should contain the following:

  • Personal and contact information
  • Duration of desired stay
  • Motivation considering the location of Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Possible collaborators and/or institutions of interest
  • A first idea for a public presentation (in any preferred form) (optional)
  • Two reference letters (optional)


Duration of residency period
Between 4 and 12 weeks, from 1 May to 31 October


First round application deadline


Residency fee
€ 1250 (2500KM) per month
€ 1000 (2000KM) for the second and third months in residency

KAMENworks with a non-refundable residency fee to be paid in advance. It covers accommodation, studio space(s), and facilities. Food is included in the application fee. Due to the small size of the group, we practice collective cooking and can consider specific dietary restrictions or wishes.

Beside the residency fee, the resident must cover expenses for travel, local transport, and additional specific working materials. We encourage residents to apply for external grants. An official letter of invitation can be provided by KAMEN if required for (travel) grants or visa applications.

Provided by the host and team

  • Pick-up from the airport in Dubrovnik
  • Welcome dinner
  • Project assistance (feedback, all-round production assistant(s), and specific expertise), translation, PR, final presentation hosting
  • Excursions to places of interest in the surroundings, including museums, galleries etc.
  • A residence car is available for short trips and shopping. (Local public transport is not frequent. Local car rental is quite affordable.)

Accommodation Information
The residency building is newly built, surrounded by a large outdoor terrace and a private lot of land, reaching out to the lake: a total of approximately 600 square meters of living and working space.

Our accommodation provides space for up to four artists at the time, with each a private room of about 28m2, private and shared working spaces, and communal areas such as a kitchen, living room, dining room, and outdoor areas. Artists-couples are accepted. Pet-friendly. There are also two smallerguest rooms, intended for guests-professionals collaborating with residents; for a maximumstay of 2 nights.


Studio Information 

  • Studio space (150m2): 4 private studios with a large terrace
  • Communal work space (100 m2)
  • Outside: various half-open spaces, to be flexibly put to use
  • Easel (1x), tables, basic tools and drawing materials are present in the studio (artists are encouraged to work with local materials such as stone, wood etc.)
  • Video projector (1x), media player (3x) and 21” LCD screen (3x).


Orah, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Google Maps coordinates 42.815860, 18.417979



ABOUT the team:

Koštana Banović
Founder KAMEN, artistic director and curator                                   

Koštana Banović (1960, Sarajevo, former Yugoslavia) is a multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She works with various media including drawing, performance, (video-)installation, and film. Her cinematic practise addresses the interaction between experimental and cinéma vérité documentary styles, and includes a reflexivity belonging to the category of essay-film. Her films have been numerously awarded and screened at film festivals internationally, such as the IFFR in Rotterdam and Ji.hlava IDFF in Jihlava. She has exhibited across multiple international exhibition platforms, cultural-exchange residencies, and performed long-lasting artistic research in especially Bahia, Brazil and the countries of Former Yugoslavia. Her work is collected by for instance the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. She has also actively engaged in several art-educational and pedagogical contexts, was long-time teacher at the University of Arts in Utrecht (HKU) in the Fine Arts department, and guest teacher at various (post-)graduate institutes such as the Dutch Art Institute in Arnhem and the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht.


Marianne Theunissen
Advice, selection commission

Marianne Theunissen (1960, Linne, the Netherlands) is a multidisciplinary artist; she is a writer and she makes films, performances and sculptures. In 2014 she did a research at the European Ceramic Work Centre in ‘s Hertogenbosch and the last 3 years she did a Master Research at the University of Utrecht on the agency and autonomy of objects in the field of visual arts. She won the Dutch Royal price for painting twice and received many grants from the Mondriaan Fund. From 2005 till 2017 she was curator of the M4gastatelier, an artist in residence in Amsterdam, for which she organized many exhibitions and art-events, around themes like ‘notations’, ‘type and characters’, and ‘the performativity of things’. She is a tutor of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, department of fine arts and she is a guest teacher at the academies of Utrecht, The Hague, Enschede, at the Design Academy in Eindhoven, the academy of fine arts in Gent (Belgium) and Vilnius (Lituania). http://www.mariannetheunissen.nl


Temra Pavlović
Advice, selection commission

Temra Pavlovic (1990, Utrecht, the Netherlands) is a multidisciplinary artist currently living in Amsterdam. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘T2018 je t’aime’ at Kantine in Brussels and ‘Prefixes 4 and 2: the way you customize your uniform’ at Lodos gallery in Mexico City. She studied Film/Video at CalArts. In 2011 she received the John H. Johnson award for Undergraduate Filmmaking from the Princess Grace Foundation, NY for her graduation work; in 2015 a Young Talent contribution from the Mondriaan Fund and in 2017 a Transmediale Non-Fiction scheme from the Stimuleringsfonds for a film currently in production. She is a member of collaborative Oa4s (On all fours, together with Michael Ray-Von) with whom she recently exhibited in KevinSpace in Vienna, Lodos gallery in Mexico and 1857 in Oslo.


Marleen de Witte
Advice, selection commission

Marleen de Witte (1974, Delft, the Netherlands) holds a PhD in cultural anthropology and is assistant professor of Cultural Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. Her research interests include religion and media, the senses and the body, cultural heritage, popular culture, funeral rituals, globalization, urban Africa (in particular Ghana) and the African diaspora (in particular Afro-Europe). She has conducted extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Ghana and the Netherlands. Marleen always approaches her topics in an interdisciplinary manner, bringing the social sciences in conversation with the humanities, including philosophy, religious studies, media studies, and art and art history. In 2012 Marleen received the Keetje Hodshon Award (in philosophy and religion) from the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen for her PhD dissertation ‘Spirit Media: Charismatics, Traditionalists, and Mediation Practices in Ghana’ and her other publications. Her ongoing project ‘African by Design: self-styling among Afro-Dutch youth in Amsterdam,’ was awarded a Veni grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research NWO.