Danica Daki? was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, which is now Bosnia and Herzegovina, in 1962. After three years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo (1981–1985), from 1985 to 1988 she attended the University of Arts in Belgrade. From 1988 to 1990 she studied at the Düsseldorf State Art Academy. Since 2011 she has been a professor of art in public space and new artistic strategies at the Bauhaus University Weimar. In addition to solo exhibitions at the Generali Foundation, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in in Zagreb, she has participated in numerous major exhibitions, including documenta 12 (2007), the Istanbul Biennial (2009), and Liverpool Biennial (2010). Daki? is based in Düsseldorf and Sarajevo.
Danica Daki?’s main themes are issues related to identity, homeland, and culture, with which she grapples in extremely diverse media—from drawing to photography, video and sound works, and performance through to sculptural objects. Against the backdrop of her experience of migration, playing an important role in her work are language and role models as well as their significance in light of social change, globalization processes, and war. Characteristic of her work filming at sites of particular socio-cultural brilliance are the artist’s care and empathy in the collaboration with her protagonists. This lends the works their special sensibility, dissociating them from voyeurism and the usual documentary character.