Shortly after obtaining his degree in film science and philosophy at Columbia University in New York City, the Serbian shooting star attracted international attention and was distinguished with multiple awards for his short film Shelter (2009). In his work, Simic grapples with special phenomena of modern society. After his much-noted Thinker in the Supermarket (2012), a contemporary variant of Auguste Rodin's world-famous sculpture, he presented his film Our Guardians (2015), which he had produced in Paris, at the last b3 Biennale in Frankfurt. In 2016, his most recent film, Melanchonic drone won First Prize of the Loop Festival Barcelona.
The Belgian artist, honoured with numerous awards, became known through his film essay Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y, which was shown in 1997 in Paris and at the documenta X in Kassel. The film anticipated at an early date the tragic events of September 11. Since then, Grimonprez's works are found throughout the world at film festivals and in museums. Over and over, he focuses and criticises media manipulation. Solo exhibitions, including at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich (2007) and in SMAK in Ghent (2011-12). His most recent film, Shadow World, was recognised as the best documentary film at the International Film Festival Edinburgh 2016.
With great sensitivity for breath-taking pictures, the Irish filmmaker – who worked in the 1990s for artist James Coleman and as Art Director for renowned film productions such as Mel Gibson's Braveheart – tells of a world in flux, whose beauty lies above all in the tragedy of change. In 2007, her film Metamorphosis was honoured with the main prize of the Short Film Festival Oberhausen. The Floating World, which premiered at the 2013 KINO DER KUNST, won a prize at the French festival VIDEOFORMES in 2014.