Presentation and talk “Autostrada Biennale: The...

“The Future of Borders” is announced as the the...

The “Prizren City Branding” workshop

THE BUS STATION

The foundations of the current bus station were laid in 1978, and in 1981 it opened to the public. The Bus Station also had a wedding hall where different weddings and events were organized. During the trends of privatization in the post-Yugoslav period, the bus station was excluded from the list of privatization and to this day remains in use as a public facility. In Autostrade Biennale’s f...

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Meeting Point

Part of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Prizren, Autostrada Biennale (AB), was the public performance for the use of green spaces and the riverbed of Lumbardhi. This space was used as an informative meeting point for visitors to the biennial, where they had the opportunity to experience the river and the natural green spaces around it, as well as purchase products from the AB ...

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PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS

Verius

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RUINS

Between 1848-1850, Mehmet Pasha Rrotulla (Rrotulla being the ruling family in Prizren), the governor of Prizren at the time, decided to restore the Fortress and make it habitable. At that time, various masters from from Greece came for construction works, and most of them settled in this area. In Prizren they were known as Cincar (Vlach). Being the distinguished masters that they were, they als...

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THE BLUE HOUSE

The Blue House (Shtëpia e Kaltër) dates back to the 19th century. It is located between the fortress and the city center, within the individual housing area under the fortress known as Varosh. The walls of the house were reconstructed with present day materials, but it’s authentic adobe look has been preserved. Meanwhile, the walls of the exterior facade are colored blue, which makes the house ...

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LOKVICA’S HOUSE

The Lokvica family house is a monument of special historical and architectural importance, located at number 17 Vatrat Shqiptare Street, within the Marash neighborhood in Prizren. Being located right next to the Lumbardhi River and the Fortress in the eastern part of the city, the house has a very convenient position in terms of Prizren’s urban context. Built close to the street and within t...

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SARAJ

Currently inhabited by the Kadriaj family, where once the Mijic family resided, the Saraj is located on the right bank of the river. The house is located in the Historic Center of Prizren, on the corner in-between two streets within the neighborhood of Old Saraj, by the Bujar Godeni side road. The building is also close to the house of Shehzade, as well as other representative houses which to t...

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THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM

The Archaeological Museum is part of the hammam, built in 1498. The founder of the hammam is assumed to be Shemsudin Ahmed Bey. Lacking written sources, it is not known until when exactly the hammam was used as a public bath, however, it is known that by the mid-19th century a clock tower was built by Eshref Pasha Rrotulli over the hammam’s hot area, meaning that the hammam must have stopped be...

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The Castle

The Prizren Castle bears an important part of the ancient history of the city. Its strategic topographical position which dominates over the city, as well as its attractive natural landscape, together with the architectural composition, make it a landmark with indisputable environmental, scientific, historic and touristic value. It is located in the eastern part of the city, over a conical hill...

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The Gazi Mehmed Pasha Hammam

The Gazi Mehmed Pasha Hammam (Turkish Bath) is located in the city centre, near the Kukli-Mehmet Bey and Emin Pasha Mosques. It was built between 1563-1574, by Gazi Mehmet Pasha, who was the Sanjak-bey of Shkodra between 1573-1574. An inscription plate over the main gate (1833) reveals when the restoration was completed by Tahir and Mehmed Pashe Rrotulli. The Turkish Bath is part of th...

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Presentation and talk in Manifesta12

Venue: Garibaldi Theatre, Palermo, Italy

Date: 07.10.2018

Time: 19:30h

Autostrada Biennale, after its first successful 2017 edition, is publishing its first book named “Autostrada Biennale: The Common Book” which aims to promote Autostrada Biennale to the worldwide by organizing talks and events.

Talks and promotional events of the book,  beside Prizren and Prishtina (capital city of Kosovo), will be organized in three continents, starting with European countries such as Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium, Holland and France, continue to the Far East as Taiwan and ending with activities in New York, United States of America.

The book of Autostrada Biennale contains most of the activities that were done since its establishment. Beside publishing the first edition catalogue, the team and curator of biennale have  decided to make a book with more content and activities. Since Autostrada Biennale is not simply a road, It is a journey that unites people.

Autostrada Biennale established the city and its citizens as a very important part of its organized events, by including them regardless of their nationality, religion or cultural backgrounds. This was the very purpose of the Biennial, namely breaking up and wiping out borders and taboos of our society.

Together with citizens and strategic partners, Autostrada Biennale has created new spaces for art exhibitions, informal education, as well as discussions and reflections. We facilitated this platform in the name of freedom of expression, cultural exchange and critical thinking, with the purpose of maintaining inter-cultural and inter-ethnic tolerance, promoting democratic thought, preserving the environment, and appreciating cultural heritage.

As you will find in the book, Autostrada Biennale consists of three main programs: the International Contemporary Art Exhibition, the Informal Education Program and the Collaborative Projects.

The role of art has always been to investigate and shed light on historical, political and cultural issues, through a provocative lense that is especially found in contemporary art. Since biennials are known to take a broader perspective, we strived to create new spaces where various artists, curators, art theorists, and other important cultural figures could foster long-term cooperation. Undoubtedly, the biennale has managed to attract art enthusiasts, and consequently generate revenue for the city through sustainable cultural tourism. Throughout our work we promote also Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030 for our country.

In the past year, contemporary art managed to become one of the best forms of communicating messages of peace from Kosovo, and proved to be a factual implementation of cultural diplomacy for the state of Kosovo.

Partners and supporters of the book and the agenda of promotion are: UNKT – United Nations Kosovo Team – more specifically Development Coordinator’s Office, Swiss Development and Cooperation Office in Prishtina, Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports in Kosovo, Ministry of Diaspora and Strategic Investments in Kosovo, Municipality of Prizren and Municipality of Prishtina.

 

Press Conference, Tour Visit and Closing Ceremony

Autostrada Biennale cordially invites you to the last tour visit and closing reception of 1st edition of the international contemporary exhibition curated by Manray Hsu.

The theme of the edition “The Future of Borders” has been treated by 24 artists from different countries of the world, with over 30 artworks turning the city of Prizren into an open gallery and home of contemporary art in the Balkans.

Therefore, we invite you to the closing event starting at 17:30 on the Meeting Point which is located at Lumbardhi river bank – in front of Prizren League, first with a brief press conference, and followed by the team guided tour through venues.

The tour will end at the Bus Station, where the closing ceremony and reception will take place at 21:00.

We look forward to your presence and enjoyment of the grand cultural event of Prizren.

Saturday 23rd September at 17:30h
@Meeting Point, Prizren, Kosova

17:30-18:00 Press conference @Meeting Point 18:00-20:30 Guided tour through venues
21:00-23:00 Closing ceremony and reception @Bus Station

Internatinal Conference “The Future of Borders”

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the three-day conference “The future of borders” that is going to be held from 20 – 22 August 2017, in Prizren, Kosovo. You are invited to follow us closely in panels organized during the conference, while at the same time your presence will provide a valuable opportunity to expand network of contacts, meet with other invited artists and curators, to share your experiences and knowledge.

Autostrada Biennale aims to consolidate partnerships between public and private art institutions, artists and informal groups, through networking and non-formal education – with common targets, to stimulate the creation of new opportunities for expansion and revival of the artistic community in region and beyond.

Registration starts at 13:30 in the Gazi Mehmet Pasha Hamam, in the city center, on Sunday, 20 August.

The conference will take place, a day after the ceremonial opening of the first edition of Autostrada biennale, curated by Manray Hsu.

Autostrada Biennale, it’s an international biennale of contemporary art in Kosovo, that has been established with the mission to enhance culture and revitalize community. The opening of the first edition of Autostrada Biennale will be on August 19, 2017, and will last till September 22, 2017.

Opening of first edition

Autostrada Biennale – International contemporary art biennale

19 August – 22 September 2017

Opening Ceremony of Autostrada Biennale – 1st edition

Saturday 19 August at 8pm

At Bus Station, Prizren

Autostrada biennale is delighted to invite you in the opening of Autostrada Biennale – International Contemporary Art biennale – 1st edition, curated by Manray Hsu. After words of welcome by Autostrada biennale team and curator Manray Hsu, we welcome you to join us in the welcoming coctail, starting from 9pm.

The opening ceremony takes place at Bus Station, on Saturday 19 August, from 8pm to 9pm. The ceremony is followed by a Cocktail party.

CONTEMPORARY PAST. HISTORICAL FUTURE.

The two-day International Conference “Contemporary Past. Historical future.” is the first step toward the Contemporary art biennale, that is going to be held on September 2017, in Prizren, Kosova. “Contemporary past. Historical future”, gathers selected artists, curators, gallerists, collectors, lecturer, and heads of cultural institutions, in a panel that aims to address cultural issues through art, political and economic perspectives. Inspired by today’s changing world and it is initiated in order to take advantage and expand upon the increased artistic exchange and practice. Through a spirit of cooperation Autostrada Biennale seeks to awaken Kosova’s, region, creative energy and beyond. Collaboration between different experiences, questioning the problems and difficulties of the contemporary world is a groundbreaking of aspect of art today. It challenges and exchanges collaboration.

Session series organized under the “Contemporary past. Historical future” International Conference carries an effort to understand the role of art in ongoing social, political and economical activities in the contemporary world.

 

SESSION I / Art & undefined creative territories

Speakers: Iara Boubnova (ICA / Sofia, Bulgaria); Sezgin Boynik (Theorist / Helsinki, Finland); Sislej Xhafa (Artist / New York, USA); Yehuda Safran (Columbia University / New York, USA); Miran Mohar (Artist, IRWIN / Ljubljana Slovenia).

Moderator: Stefano Romano

 

SESSION II / A city that has no gallery, but has an art biennale

Speakers: Anna Smolak (Curator, Poland); Gëzim Paqarizi (Architect / Geneva, Swiss); Klod Dedja (M.A.M. Foundation / Tirana, Albania); Nikolett Erőss (OFF Biennale / Budapest, Hungary); Petrit Halilaj (Artist, Founder of Hajde Foundation / Berlin, Germany).

Moderator: Eliza Hoxha

 

SESSION III / The common points / Art, Investors and Public

Speakers: Edmond Hajrizi (UBT / Prishtina, Kosovo); Gregor Podnar (Galerija Gregor Podnar / Berlin, Germany); Osman Arayici (Architect, Akademia Evolucion / Istanbul, Turkey)

Moderator: Hajrulla Ceku

 

SESSION IV / Biennale of contemporary art / Its impact on the country and region

Speakers: Ali Akay (Curator / Istanbul, Turkey); Ana Frangovska (Curator / Skopje, Macedonia); Olson Lamaj (Miza Gallery / Tirana, Albania); Shkelzen Maliqi (Art Critic / Prishtina, Kosovo); Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna Galerija / Ljubljana, Slovenia).

Moderator: Rubin Beqo

Autostrada Biennale First Edition Highlights

Colleen Hyland

LIBIA CASTRO & ÓLAFUR ÓLAFSSON

Meeting Point

Stefano Romano – Haiku Series and Study for a monument

Alban Muja – Catch Me

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7 October, 2018

Presentation and talk “Autostrada Biennale: The Common Book”

Autostrada Biennale, after its first successful 2017 edition, is publishing its first book named “Autostrada Biennale: The Common Book” which aims to promote Autostrada Biennale to the worldwide by organizing talks and events. Talks and promotional events of the book,  beside Prizren and Prishtina (capital city of Kosovo), will be organized in three continents, starting with European countri...
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7 October, 2018

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As part of the International Biennial of Contemporary Art in Prizren, Autostrada Biennale (AB), a public performance for the use of green spaces and the riverbed of Lumbardhi was organized in partnership with EC Ma Ndryshe. As part of this activity, this space was used as a meeting point for visitors to the Biennale, where they had the opportunity to experience the river up close as well as the...
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