For the first time, Prizren Bus Station opens its doors for contemporary art
Prizren, 11 August 2017 - For the upcoming exhibition “Autostrada Biennale: The Future of Bor-ders”, the bus terminus will be used as a major venue for artists whose work deals with politics of mobility, refugees, dislocated minorities, migration, cultural exchange, imagined borderlessness, war, gender borders, visible and invisible borders in contemporary public space.
As one of the main public vehicles in modern life, buses are used to transport masses between the rural and the urban, between large and small cities, across national and regional borders. This mass aspect, along with its pervasive access to territories of different modernization levels, makes the bus station a central focus when it comes to the issues of the future of borders. Immigrants, refugees, people of minorities and the disadvantaged, often need to rely on buses for the sake of convenience, low cost, and pervasiveness. If Autostrada is the core infrastructure of modern mass mobilization, buses mark the publicness of the otherwise non-place of the modern roads.
These artists include: Valentina Bonizzi (Italy), CHANG Chien-Chi (Taiwan), Libia Castro (Spain) & Ólafur Ólafsson (Iceland), Irwin (Slovenia), Alban Muja (Kosova), Rena Rädle (Germany) & Vladan Jeremić (Serbia), Ella Raidel (Austria), Oliver Ressler (Austria), Saso Sedlacek (Slovenia), Alketa Xhafa (Kosova). Their work covers various media, ranging from photography, video, installation, drawing, billboard, poster, to interactive robot and performance.
From August 19 to September 23, these artworks are viewable in the Station’s waiting room, big cafe, offices, facade, outdoor space, as well as its legendary wedding hall. The Autostrada Bien-nale’s opening reception will be held at the Bus Station on the evening of August 19.
As previously announced, the first iteration of the international contemporary art exhibition, Auto-strada Biennale will use the city of Prizren’s various historic zones and heritage architectures as venues. Being the hub of mass mobilization, the historic Bus Station recommends itself as the starting point of the exhibition titled ‘’The Future of Borders’’.
A brief history of Prizren’s Bus Station:
The first bus station in Prizren was located at the Post Office place, while in 1960 it moved to the place where it exists today. The foundations of the current bus station were laid in 1978 and in 1981 it was opened to the public. The Bus Station also had a wedding hall where different wed-dings and festivals were organized. During the trends of privatization in the Post-Yugoslavia peri-od, the Bus Station was excluded from the list and till now functions as a public facility.