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Today in Prizren starts Autostrada Biennale

Prizen, 19 August 2017 – The international Biennale of Contemporary Art – Autostrada Biennale, strats today in Prizren. Whith the theme “The Future of Borders” today is opened an international exhibition with performance and artistic events, to contionue with the organization of the three day conference and workshops from 20 to 22 August 2017.

During this artistic journey that will last until 23 September 2017, the notion of visible and invisible boundaries will boldly be addressed to convey the message of necessity to be a more livable society.

Just three decades ago when current globalisation continuously pulled down walls of regulation and made all boundaries porous, the answer to this question had been clearly and definitely that the future is of a borderless world. Today, the world seems to go in the opposite direction and borders are coming back. The issues of refugees, migrant workers, transnational corporations, environmental disasters, national and ethnic identities, and so on, bring attention to borders of various forms, which bears on justice, human and nonhuman rights, democracy, and politics per se. The future of borders has come to the centre-stage of our present.

Insofar as contemporary art is related to this process, it is the proliferation of the biennials and their spread to different corners, often marginal regions, of the world, making themselves part of a large platform on which not only art from periphery can be seen but issues of global and local concerns can be shared, discussed, and debated. Under these circumstances, Autostrada Biennale is created. And at the hinge of our time, its first edition shall focus on various border problems.

The first edition of Autostrada Biennale will use Prizren’s opulent historic sites in accordance with the themes and forms developed in the art works. The Bus Station and its vicinity will roughly focus on is-sues of mobility, migration, national and ethnic borders.

With pronounced sensitivity for the wonderful cultural heritage and well-preserved popular practices of the citizens of Prizren, during the Biennale will be realized artistic interventions in the old houses of the city.

The first edition of Autostrada Biennale will use Prizren’s opulent historic sites in accordance with the themes and forms developed in the art works. The Bus Station and its vicinity will roughly focus on is-sues of mobility, migration, national and ethnic borders. Spread out in the city center are some works related to the city life, history and cultural diversity. Across the Lumbardhi River at the Marash area, hillsides, and the Castle will find works related to ruins, human-natural environments, and the time-space beyond human borders. While the diverse positions of the artists can hardly be confined to sim-ple spatial deployment in the city, they are there to also help redefine Prizren’s topography through the interaction with the visitors.

Artists list is: Valentina Bonizzi (Italy), CHANG Chien-Chi (Taiwan), (Libya Castro (Spain) & Olafur Olafsson (Iceland), Yannick Dauby (France), Ettore Favini (Italy), Artan Hajrullahu (Kosova), Ibro Hasanovic (Bosnia), Haveit (Kosova), HSU Chia-Wei (Taiwan), Irwin (Slovenia), Doruntina Kastrati (Kosova), Sead Kazanxhiu (Albania), LI Binyuan (China), Alban Muja (Kosova), Ella Raidel ), Oliver Ressler (Austria), Stefano Romano (Italy), Obsessive Possessive Aggression (Macedonia), Rena Radle (Germany) and Vladan Jeremic (Serbia), Jelena Tomasevic (Montenegro), Saso Sedlacek (Slovenia) YANG Shun-Fa (Taiwan), Alketa Xhafa (Kosova - England).