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CONTEMPORARY PAST. HISTORICAL FUTURE.

The two-day International Conference

Time: 10:30am / 23-24 July 2016

Venue:“Gazi Mehmet Pasha" Hamam / Prizren / Kosova

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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.

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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

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Speakers

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Ali AKAY

Ali Akay (b. 1957, Istanbul) is a professor of Sociology at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, curator, writer and critic (contemporary art, philosophy) He studied at Université Paris 8, where he completed his PhD in Sociology in 1986,and has is teaching at the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul for over 26 years, serving as the head of the Department of Sociology since 2004.

Ali Akay has written numerous articles on art, sociology and philosophy for publications in Turkey and abroad, includingberlinerpool, Eurozine, The third text; co-author of books: İstanbul Emergeance d’une société civile (autrement Pres 2005); Placing Turkey on the Map of Europe (Boğazici University Press, 2005); Model Turkei, (Wallstein, Verlag, 2006); Postmodernisme,et après ?,(Editions Kimé, 2010), Unleashed (Times and Hudson,2010); Sweet Sixtees (Stenberg Press,2014) .The last books: “Seza Paker Reflexive Fludities” (Masa) and “Minor Politic”, (Otonom),2015, Michel Foucault(2016), Singular Thaught (2016), The gift (2016)(Doğu Batı yayınları).

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Osman Arayıcı

Osman Arayıcı was graduated from the Department of Interior Architecture at Mimar Sinan University in 1999 and attended as a research assistant at the same department in 2000.

He submitted his master’s thesis; Factors That Affect the Perception of Space at the Institute of Science of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in 2001. In the year 2003, submitted his doctoral thesis; The Affect of Beliefs in Description of Space at the Institute of Science of Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University.

Working in the field of interior architecture as a lecturer, theoritian and designer, he has a book with the name DEFINITIONS and has taken place in many national and international symposiums with his papers. More than 20 of his articles were given place in local and foreign refereed publications. As he was nominated in national competitions individually he also participated in national exhibitions. He has taken a prominent role as a curator, administrator, and jury member of over eighty (80) national and international design events, competitions, symposiums, exhibitions projects, workshops and conferences.

He still lectures in the fields Perception of Space, Spatial Design, Interior Architectural Design Studio, Commercial Space Design and Hospitality Design both in Akademia Evolucion İn Pristhine Kosovo and Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Istanbul Turkey.

He also keeps on his professional design work in his design company FFF in Turkey.

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Zdenka Badovinac

Zdenka Badovinac is a curator and writer, who has served since 1993 as Director of the Moderna galerija in Ljubljana, comprised since 2011 of two locations: the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova. In her work, Badovinac highlights the difficult processes of redefining history alongside different avant-garde traditions within contemporary art. Badovinac’s first exhibition to address these issues was Body and the East—From the 1960s to the Present (1998). She also initiated the first Eastern European art collection, Arteast 2000+. One her most important recent projects is NSK from Kapital to Capital: Neue Slowenische Kunst – The Event of the Final Decade of Yugoslavia, Moderna galerija, 2015

Since 2011 this collection has been permanently exhibited in the new Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova.

Badovinac was Slovenian Commissioner at the Venice Biennale from 1993 to 1997 and 2005. and Austrian Commissioner at the Sao Paulo Biennial in 2002 and the President of CIMAM, 2010–13.

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Iara Boubnova

Iara Boubnova, curator of contemporary art and art critic from Sofia, was born in Moscow, Russia, where she graduated the Department of Art History and Theory of the Moscow State University. Since 1985 she works at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia as a Curator of the Department of East European Art. In the fall of 2013 she's appointed Director i.a. of the National Gallery for Foreign Art, Sofia, Bulgaria by the Ministry of Culture. Since January 2015 she becomes the Deputy Director of the newly established National Gallery and is responsible for the International collection of the institution. Since 1995 Iara Boubnova is the Founding Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia. Between 2003 and 2006, she was the Project Leader of the Visual Seminar multidisciplinary project dedicated to the urban environment of neo-capitalism. Since 2009, Iara Boubnova directs the program of ICA-Sofia Gallery, www.ica-sofia.org, that among other events involves group and individual shows, lecture program, presentations, the BAZA Award for Young Bulgarian Artist and the «Essential Reading for Writers about Contemporary Art» award for criticism. Among her last curatorial projects are: “Discostent,” Ancient Bath House, Plovdiv (2015), «Present Unlimited, Sofia Contemporary Art Festival,” «the eye never sees itself,” the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, Russia (both 2012). «Roaming Images. Crossroads of Greek and Arab Culture through the Eyes of Contemporary Artists» as part of the 3rd Biennial in Thessaloniki, Greece; “After the Flight,” ICA–Sofia Gallery; “An Elusive Object of Art,” Dana Charkasi Galerie, Vienna (both 2011); “Photo I, Photo You,” Calvert 22, London; “Beyond Credit,” Istanbul, Turkey (both 2010); State Central Museum of Contemporary History of Russia, Moscow; “Techniques,” inaugural show of the ICA Gallery, Sofia; “Common History and its Private Stories,” MUSA (Museum auf Abruf), Vienna; Nedko Solakov, Sofia Municipal Gallery, Sofia; «Liquid Frontiers» as part of «Europe XXL» in Lille, France (2009). “History in Present Tense” as part of “‘FOOTNOTES on Geopolitics, Market and Amnesia” - the 2nd Moscow Biennial, 2007; «Joy” at Casino Luxembourg and “Dialectics of Hope”, the 1st Moscow Biennial of Contemporary Art in 2005; Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt am Main in 2002 – all as co-cutrator; "Talk with the Man on the Street" part of the 4th Biennial in Cetinje, Montenegro; “Double-Bind» in 2003, "Locally Interested" in 1999 – both in Sofia and “Ars ex Nacionem. Made in BG“ in 1997 and “In Search of the Self-Reflection” in 1994 – both in Plovdiv. Bulgarian National Participations at the 48th Biennale di Venezia (1999); the 3rd Biennial in Cetinje, Montenegro (1997); the 4th St. Petersburg Biennial (1996); the 4th Istanbul Biennial (1995); and the 22nd Sao Paulo Biennial (1994). Iara Boubnova is the President of the Bulgarian National Section of AICA; she is a member of CIMAM, IKT, as well as of the Academic and Artistic Council of MOCA-China, Honkong. Between 2002 and 20010 she was a member of the International Foundation Manifesta. She is a member of the Public Council for Culture to the President of Bulgaria. Iara Boubnova is the prizewinner for the best curatorial project of the Innovation All-Russian Contemporary Art Award for «the eye never sees itself,” the 2nd Ural Industrial Biennial, Yekaterinburg, Russia in 2013, and is awarded for critical writing with the “Golden Pen” by the independent Bulgarian cultural institutions in 2014.

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Sezgin Boynik

Sezgin Boynik (1977), lives and works in Helsinki. He has completed his Phd in Jyväskylä University Social Science department on the topic of "Cultural Politics of Black Wave in Yugoslavia from 1963 to 1972". He has been publishing on punk, relation between aesthetics and politics, on cultural nationalism, Situationist International and Yugoslavian cinema. Co-edited reader "Nationalism and Contemporary Art" (with Minna L. Henriksson, Rhizoma & EXIT, Prishtina, 2007), and co-authored book on "History of Punk and Underground in Turkey, 1978-1999" (with Tolga Guldalli, BAS, Istanbul, 2008) Apart from scholarly work he is also active as conceptual artist. Recent articles include "New Collectives" (Retracing Images, Brill, Boston & Leiden, 2011), "Cultural Policy of Dusan Makavejev" (Kino! Journal No. 15, Ljubljana, 2011), "Discontents with Theoretical Practices in Contemporary Art" (Journal of Visual Art Practice 10:2, London, 2011) "Art of Slogans - in two parts"(TKH no 19 and 20, Belgrade, 2012), "Social Surrealism: Historical-Materialist Theses on the Mystery of Art" (open space journal, Vienna, 2013), "Marxist-Leninist Roots of Zenitism" (Filmkollektiv, Frankfurt, 2013), "Counter-Godard: On Makavajev's Anti-Formalism" (Kino! Journal No. 15, Ljubljana, 2015) and "Between Privileges of Unlearning and Formlessness of Anti-Knowing: Idoelogies of Artistic Education" (Inca Press, Forms of Education, Seattle, 2016). Also he is author of artistic books "Counter-constructivist Model" (co-authored with M.L. Henriksson, Labyrinth Press, Stockholm, 2012),"Still Stealing Steel: Historical-Materialist Study of Zaum" (Rab-Rab Publication, Tbilisi, 2014) and "Noise After Babel: Language Unrestrained" (Spector Books, Leipzig, 2015).

He is editor of Rab-Rab: Journal for Political and Formal Inquiries in Art (www.rabrab.fi).

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Klod Dedja

Klod Dedja (M.A.M. Foundation / Tirana, Albania) was born 1976, in Dures, Albania. He lives and works in Tirana and Italy. Hi did his studies in Albania and Italy. Since 2012 he is co- founder of M.A.M (Multidisciplinary Art Movements) Foundation in Tirana, Albania. His interest is based in artistic reflection on historical, social and cultural important moments in Albania, by articulating them through contemporary art language. His recently important projects are: “Pyramid Tirana, Tirana, Albania, 2015; “Informal Mind Manifest” Metalurgjiku Elbasan, Albania, 2014.

Curatorial experiences in 2016: "Albanian Lights" Drymadhes-Albania. Open-Air Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. "Through" Prishtina - Kosovo. Solo exhibition of albanian artist KOJA (Koja Isufi) "Informal MANIFEST" Albania - Pyramid Palace, Tirana. Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art.

2015: "TiranaOpen1" Albania- Tirana / International Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. Curator of artist work SISSI ( Italy ). M.A.M Foundation "Parking- Autostrada Biennale Prizren"- Kosovo- Prizren. International Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. (Curator) "EVE" performance with the women prisoners- National Theatre Tirana. (Visual Curator).

2014: "INFORMAL MIND" International Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. Former Metallurgical Combine of Elbasan - Albania . (Curator ) "I FORGOT THAT I STARTED" solo exhibition of artist SISLEJ XHAFA / Pyramid Palace - Tirana, Albania. (Curator) "ORIGINATION" solo exhibition of artist ROBERT GLIGOROV / Elbasan - Albania. (Curator) "THE IRON CURTAIN". Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art / At the former albanian dictator's house E.Hoxha- Tirana, Albania. (Curato) “THE MOON" National Library of Pristina - Kosovo. Personal exhibition of the Finnish young artist Fatmir Mustafa Karllo. (Curator) "UNCHARTED" International Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. 2013: "FRAGILE LIMITS" International Group Exhibition of Performing Art / National Gallery , National Museum - Tirana , Albania. Organized by ArtKontakt partner Curator of M.A.M Foundation

2012: "THE CRISES, THE SYSTEM AND CHANGES..." International Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. Porto Palermo Castle - Albania. Organized by ArtKontakt (Curator).

2010: "OPENartOpenPort" National Group Exhibition of Contemporary Art. At the harbor of Durres.

Solo Exhibition:

2013 Treated Meat [ performance ] National Gallery of Art, Tirana.

2009 REALITY AND SPECULATION TO FUNCTION (performance), Ministry of Culture-Tirana 2004 THE PASSAGE ( performance, instalation) Forli, Italy.

2001 LOSTED PARADISE ( mix media, performance, foto) Trento, Italy.

1997 CONCETTO FISIOLOGICO SULLA TRADIZIONE ( performance) Academy Fine Art Tirana, Abania. 1996 MEDIA-AKT ( perofrmance, video-instalation ) A.B.A Tirana, Albania.

1995 CREATING ( photography), and DESTRUCTOR OF SILENCE ( performance). National Gallery of Arts, Tirana.

Group exhibition:

2016 "Albanian Lights" [ Absent, performance ]. Drymadhes- Albania.

2013 Fragile Limits [ so fagile...so fragile, performance ] National Galery of Arts, Tirana.

2012 Crisis,The System and Changes [ The Kiss- performance ] Porto Palermo Festivale/ Albania. 2009 ONUFER'09 [ KILL KLOD, video-performance ] National Gallery of Arts, Albania.

2009 UNKNOWN SOLDIER ( intervent - performance) Off Biennial of Tirana. 1997 I LOVE HARLEY D ( performance-instalation ) Academy of Art Tirane.

1996 ABSURD TIME ( performance ) Charlevilles Mezieres, France. 1995 TUNNEL'95 [ IDENTITY , instalation ] National Gallery of Arts.

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Nikolett Erőss

Nikolett Erőss is a curator based in Budapest, Hungary. After receiving her diploma in art history she started to work at C3: Center for Culture & Communication Foundation as an assistant curator, later as editor of the on-line magazine, www.exindex.hu. She was a board member of the „Studio of Young Artists Association”, Budapest, Hungary as well as co-curator of Studio Gallery. Run Trafo Gallery, Budapest between 2006 and 2011. Over the course of the almost five years she curated numerous exhibitions, talks and programs and took part in various international collaborations. 2011- 13 Curator at Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest.

Currently she is a lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts where she teaches contemporary art and theory with a special focus on exhibition history, new museology, public art, site-specificity and participative practices. Since 2012 she has been a working group member of the Curatorial Dictionary project of tranzit.hu. 2014- founding member of the curatorial team of OFF-Biennale, Budapest. 2016- co-editor of the art magazine mezosfera.org

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Ana FRANGOVSKA

Creative and dynamic art professional with fifteen years curatorial, educational and research experience in the contemporary visual arts. She works as curator at the Macedonian National Gallery for the past ten years. She has effective public relations and presentations skills, and ample experience in written communication, planning and conducting art marketing campaigns. Selected international curatorial projects: ‘In Search of a Common Ground 2’ (together with Bojana Janeva and Ars Acta), exhibition of ten contemporary Macedonian artists, Halle 50, Munich; ‘Essence of Existence’, exhibition of contemporary Macedonian art, Art Center Lauba, Zagreb, Croatia, 2015; ‘Utopia’, international conceptual exhibition, Multimedia center Mala Stanica, Skopje, Macedonia, 2015; ‘In Search of a Common Ground’ (together with Bojana Janeva and Ars Acta), exhibition of eleven contemporary Macedonian artists, Center for Contemporary Art, Baku, Azerbaijan; ‘Transfiguration’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Czech Center Prague, Prague, Czech Republic, 2014; ‘Bread and salt’ – conceptual group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, Porcia Palace, Vienna, Austria, 2013; ‘Silentiopathologia’, Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, Pavilion of Republic of Macedonia at the 55th Venice Biennale, Italy, 2013; ‘Black and white or not’ group exhibition of Macedonian contemporary art, CAM Casoria Contemporary Art Museum, Napoli, Italy, 2013; ‘Perception’, artists: Marko Manev, Mihaela Jovanovska, MC Gallery New York, USA, 2012; ‘Crucial in selection” Flemish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Belgium, 2008; ‘Eastern neighbours’, Babylon Cultural Center, Utrecht, Netherlands, 2006; retrospective exhibition of Nove Frangovski in Taksim Sanat Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey, 2006; ‘Art exchange’ 2004, Angels Gate Cultural Center, San Pedro, Los Angeles, USA, 2004; 10 Macedonian artists at the Autumn Salon, Paris, France, 2002, etc. Since 2012, she is co- founder and member of the Institute for Arts and Culture “Ars Acta”.

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Edmond HAJRIZI

Education Background: Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems, Computer Science and Management

Research Area: Systems Design and Management (Education, Business, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Regional Development, Quality and Process Management, Information Systems, Mechatronics and Robotics)

Professions: Entrepreneur, Teacher, Researcher, Innovator, Trainer, Consulter/ Adviser / Expert, Assessor, Publisher, Member of diferent Professional and Scientific Bodies

Founder and Rector of UBT - University for Business and Technology, IEME, KASIM, KA-CASE, Quality Kosova, IPC Academic Staff of Vienna University of Technology Research Follower at City University London Visiting Scholar at Warsaw University Expert for Research and Innovation, Project Management, Quality and Excellence Model Accredited First IPMA Assessor for Project Management (A, B, C, D) Accredited EOQ/QA Examiner and Trainer for Quality Accredited Assessor for Excellence based on EFQM . ILEP Member of GA of IFAC, EUROSIM, IPMA, EOQ, AESOP, IEEE, etc., representing Kosovo Chair of HERE - Expert of Higher Education Reform in Kosovo Team Member of Experts for Bologna Membership Process National Contact Point for Horizon 2020 ICT and FET Board Member of Kosova Agency for Statistics, PTK Editor of International Journal of Business and Technology Member in different international scientific and professional bodies (SC,TC, RB)

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Petrit Halilaj

Petrit Halilaj (Kostërrc, Skenderaj-Kosovo, 1986), lives and works between Berlin, Kosovo, and Italy. Halilaj completed his studies at the Academy of Fine Arts Brera in Milan, represented Kosovo at the Venice Biennale in 2013 and had multiple large-scale solo shows across Europe. He had exhibitions at Pirelli Hangar Bicocca Milan, 2015; Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne, 2015; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn, 2015; Kunshalle Lissabon, Lisbon, 2015; Galeria e Arteve e Kosovës, Prishtina, 2014; Wiels, Brussels, 2014; Fondation d'Enterprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris, 2013; Kunsthalle Sankt Gallen, 2012 and Kunstraum Innsbruck, 2011. He participated in group exhibitions at Fellbach Triennale für Kleinplastik 2016; S.A.L.T.S., Switzerland, 2015; Punta della Dogana, Venice, 2015; Palazzo Cavour, Turin, 2014; Villa Romana, Florence, 2014; Museum Schloss Moyland, 2013; Museion, Bolzano, 2013; Kunstverein Nürnberg/Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft, Nürnberg, 2012; New Museum, New York, 2012 and the 6th Berlin Biennale, 2010 among others.

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Olson Lamaj

Olson Lamaj is an Albanian contemporary Artist living in Tirana. He has studied visual art at Academy of Florenc and photography at the Brera Academy of Fine Art in Milano. As a young and emerging artist, Lamaj has already participated in different exhibitions throughout Europe as well as his native Albania.

He has been very active like an art management in different art activity like assisted curator of Onufri Price XX , curator of exhibition No Signal at the Bunker Art and cordinater of Marubi museographic project.

Since dicember 2012 , he and his three other artist founded MIZA Galery, an artist-run-space in the heart of Tirana that plays like an exhibiting vitrine for Albanian young artists to host and develop artistic projects the lectures in order to spark and increase the debate around the Albanian contemporary art scene.

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Shkëlzen Maliqi

Shkëlzen Maliqi (1947) is actually political adviser of the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Maliqi is a philosopher, political analyst, art critic and social researcher specialized in opinion polls. He is the publisher of eleven authorial books and the editor in chief of the several philosophical, cultural and art periodicals (Fjala, Thema, MM journal, Arta etc. ). Maliqi was one of the founders of the first opposition political organization in the former Yugoslavia and Kosovo (UJDI, 1989); founder and first president of the Social-Democratic Party of Kosova (1990-1993); founder and member of Kosovo Helsinki Committee (1990-1997; among founders of the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society (1993-2000); founder and head of the Board of the Kosovo Civil Society Foundation (1999-2001), head of the Center for Humanistic Studies “Gani Bobi (1989-2013). Maliqi is also a promoter and supporter of Kosovo’s alternative art scene, curator of several contemporary art exhibitions. He is also translator of dozens of works of contemporary Albanian writers and thinkers (Ismail Kadare, Ali Podrimja, Jeton Neziraj, Bashkim Shehu, Astrit Salihu etc..) published in Serbian or Croatian language. Maliqi writes regular political analyses and commentaries for newspapers and journals in Kosovo and Albania.

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Miran Mohar

Miran Mohar (born 1958 in Novo Mesto, Slovenia) is an artist based in Ljubljana.

He is a member of the Irwin artists group and a co-founder of the Neue Slovenishe Kunst art collective, the graphic design studio New Collectivism and the Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre.

Together with four other members of Irwin (Dušan Mandič, Andrej Savski, Roman Uranjek and Borut Vogelnik) he has participated in all Irwin projects and exhibitions since 1984. Here are some of them: Planting Seeds, Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art, Gdansk, 2016; From Kapital to Capital, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, 2015; Hans in Luck - Art and Capital, Lehmbruck Museum, Duisburg, 2014; Former West, HKW, Berlin, Art Turning Left, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, 2013; A Bigger Splash, Tate Modern, London; NSK Passport Office, Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Manifesta, Genk, 2012, The Global Contemporary. The Art Worlds after 1989, ZKM /Centre for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe; Impossible Communities, State Museum of Modern Art, Moscow; The International, MACBA, Barcelona, 2011 / Paris, The Promises of the Past, Centre Pompidou, 2010 / Moscow,Third Moscow Biennial, New Old Cold War, 2009 / Krems, Kunsthalle Krems, State in Time, 2009 / Taipei, Taipei Biennial, 2008 / New York, Museum of Modern Art, Eye on Europe: Prints, Books & Multiples, 1960 to Now, 2006 / Istanbul, Istanbul Biennial , 2005 / Venice, Venice Biennial, Personal Systems, 2003 / Berlin, Kunstlerhaus Bethanien, Retroprincip, 2003 / Berlin, Gropius Bau, Berlin-Moscow /Moscow-Berlin, 2003 / Hagen, Karl Ernst Osthaus Museum, Museotopia, 2002 / Rome, Galeria Moderna e Contemporanea, Le Tribu' del'arte, 2002 / Vienna, Museum of 20th Century, Aspects and positions, 1999 / Istanbul, Istanbul Biennial, 1997 / Rotterdam, Boyman Museum, Manifesta, 1996 / Ljubljana, Moscow, Apt Art and Ridzina Gallery, NSK Embassy – Moscow, 1992, Moderna galerija, Slovenske Atene, 1991 / Düsseldorf, Städtische Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, 1988, London, Riverside Gallery, 1887

As a member of the New Collectivism graphic design team he co-designed numerous books, posters and other graphic design products for the following institutions: P.S.1/ MOMA New York, Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana, Kunst Werke Berlin, Irwin, Laibach, Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, En Knap Dance Company, Castello Di Rivoli, Kampnagel, and others.

Since 1983 he has made several set designs for the following theatre and dance companies: Randy Warshaw Dance Company, Scipion Nasice Sisters Theatre, Red Pilot and En Knap Dance Company.

He is also a co-funder and member of architectural movement Maja Farol and a member of European Cultural Parliament since 2001

From 2008 he is also an associate professor and vice-dean at AVA, Academy of Visual Arts in Ljubljana.

He is also a tutor at the SCCA World of Art curatorial school.

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Gëzim Paçarizi

Silence to Light, Oil on canvas, 12.07.2016

Light to Silence, Oil on canvas, 12.07.2016

Gëzim Paçarizi is a Swiss and Kosovar architect and artist.

Born in Prizren in 1964, heimmigrated in Switzerland in 1989 where he graduated from University of Geneva in 1993.

He has made many solo and collective exhibitions. He represented Kosovo in Venice Biennale, Architecture edition in 2014.

His paintings and installations are closely related to architecture, but as he explains, they are a sort of architecture made with visual arts elements, with the aim on erasing the border between the two. His architecture and art is based on human experience and well being trough simplicity and order. He believes architecture and art should make peoples lives better and improve human condition.

He is a partner of PHARC architects in Geneva and POLITBYRO (Paçarizi Architecture Studio) in Prishtina, and member of SIA (Swiss Society of Architects) and Reg A (Swiss Registre of Architects).

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Gregor Podnar

Galerija Gregor Podnar was established in June 2003 in Kranj (Slovenia) as part of the DUM Association.

In August 2005 the gallery moved to Kolodvorska 6 in Ljubljana, where it was operating as a project space until the end of 2014. From 1996 till 2003 Gregor Podnar had been running an international program as artistic director of Galerija Škuc in Ljubljana and since 2001 he presents artists at different art fairs.

In October 2007 Gregor Podnar opened a second gallery in Lindenstr. 35, Berlin. By continuing this line of curatorial and gallery work Galerija Gregor Podnar aims at running a production center, which collaborates with different galleries and institutions in Europe and abroad. It represents internationally renowned and established artists mostly from Eastern European centres, like Attila Csörgő, Tomislav Gotovac, Ion Grigorescu, IRWIN, Julije Knifer, Dan Perjovschi, Goran Petercol, and Goran Trbuljak. With an emphasis on the heritage of conceptual movements, the gallery has developed step by step towards a wider context, with artists like Pablo Accinelli, Primož Bizjak, Irma Blank, Vadim Fishkin, Marcius Galan, Alexander Gutke, Anne Neukamp, Marzena Nowak, Tobias Putrih, Ariel Schlesinger, Francisco Tropa and B. Wurtz.

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Yehuda Emmanuel Safran

Yehuda Emmanuel Safran studied at Saint Martin's School of Art, the Royal College of Art and University College, London. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmith's College, London University, and the Jan Eyck Academy. He was a fellow of the Chicago Institute of Architecture and Urbanism and Visiting Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Illinois as well as at RISD and Harvard GSD. He has published in Domus, Sight and Sound, Lotus, A+U, AA File, Springer, Artpress, Prototypo, Metalocus and 9H. With Steven Holl and others he was editor of 32 Bejing/New York and is the author of Mies van der Rohe. He curated, inter alia, the Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition 'The Architecture of Adolf Loos' and the 'Fredrick Kiesler' show at the Architecture Association.Recentlty: Adolf Loos Our Contemporary was shown at Guimaraes CAAA Portugal, MAK Vienna and the at the gallery of Columbia University GSAPP and finaly at the Biblioteca Marciana in Venice. He was a trustee of the 9H Gallery, a Founding member of the Architecture Foundation in London and a member of the College International de Philosophie, Paris. Currently he lives and works in New York, teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University and Pratt Institute and also was a Visiting Professor at the Graduate Institute of Architecture at Nanjing University, and Shanghai University, Graduate School China. He is the editor and director of Potlatch a journal of inquiry into Art and Architecture as a gift. He is a consultend to Steven Holl Architects in NY.

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Anna SMOLAK

Anna Smolak is a curator based in Krakow, Poland. Currently she is chief curator at BWA SOKOL Contemporary Art Gallery in Nowy Sacz. Her interest is based in contemporary institutional critique and examining alternative modes of collaboration and organization. In her projects she has investigated the notion of locality, periphery and exclusion. She analyzed the development of the art scene in the Eastern Partnership countries as well as contributed with collaborative projects in the post-Soviet region. A member of international Jury PinchukArtCenter Prize 2015. Her recent exhibitions include: Lada Nakonechna. Exhibition, PinchukArtCenter, Kiev, 2016; Mihut Boscu Kafchin. Chronicles of My Fantastic Banality, BWA SOKÓŁ, Nowy Sącz, 2016; Sislej Xhafa. The Stillness of Thought, BWA SOKÓŁ, Nowy Sącz, 2016; Re:public, Absheron/Azerbaijan, 2015; Smugglers, NARRACJE Festival, Gdańsk, Austeria, BWA SOKÓŁ, Nowy Sącz, 2015 (with Raluca Voinea / Tranzit.ro).

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Sislej Xhafa

Born in Pejë, Kosova in 1970 artist Sislej Xhafa is based in New York. He is known for his artistic investigation into the social, economical and political realities associated with the various complexities of modern society. Xhafa has over the years highlighted his artistic work on economic and social themes, political realities, as they interact with the protean variety of modern society. His investigations, for example, into phenomena of tourism or forced illegality use a minimal language and they are at the same time ironic and subversive, practicing indifferently a wide range of media, from sculpture to drawing, from performance to photography.

Xhafa has exhibited widely including at MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome Benvenuto! curated by Hou Hanru and Luigia Lonardelli (2016); BWA Sokół Contemporary Art Gallery in Nowy Sącz, Poland The Stillness of Thought curated by Anna Smolak and co-ordinator Monika Smyła (2016); harrova që fillova curated by Klod Dedja and Ema Andrea, Fondacioni i Artit M.A.M. Tiran, Albania; Informal Mind curated by M.A.M. Foundation, Elbasan, Albania (2014); Italian Pavilion of the 55th Venice Biennale Vice Versa Venice Biennale, Venice; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanzawa Borderline: Collection Exhibition II Kanazawa, Japan (2013); Galleria Continua Unpoetic Bride Le Moulin (2012); François Pinault Foundation The World Belongs to You Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Hardau City Park, Y, Zurich; MADRE Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina, Still Untitled Napoli; The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery Rearview Mirror Toronto (2011); PRISM Misericordia West Hollywood, California; MAXXI Spazio. Dalle collezioni di arte e architettura, Roma; Il Museo Privato. La passione per l'arte contemporanea nelle collezioni bergamasche, GAMeC, Bergamo; Röda Sten, 2705 Baci..., Göteborg (2010); MART Rovereto Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Language and Experimentations; PAC Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea, Ibrido. Genetica delle forme, Milano; DEPO, Indefinite Destinations, Istanbul; MADRE Museum of Contemporary Art Donna Regina Barock Napoli (2009); Havana Biennial, Havana, Cuba; Modern Art Oxford Transmission Interrupted Biennale of Gwangju, Gwangju, Korea; MOCAD Museum of Contemporary Art of Detroit, Business As Usual; Schirn Kunsthalle, All-Inclusive. A Tourist World Frankfurt (2008); Istanbul Museum Of Modern Art Time Present, Time Past, Istanbul; Göteborg International Biennial for Contemporary Art Rethinking Dissent, Göteborg, Sweden; Mori Art Museum, All About Laughter Humor in Contemporary art, Tokyo (2007); PERFORMA05, performance biennial, New York (2005); I Bienal de Arte Contemporáneo de Sevilla, Fundación BIACS, La alegria de mis sueños, Monasterio la Cartuja de Santa María de las Cuervas, Sevilla; The Renaissance Society, New Video, New Europe, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, St.Louis; Tate Modern, London; Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks; Fundació 'la Caixa' la Sala Montcada, Barcelona; Haifa Museum of Art, Israel (2004), Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2003), Gwangju Biennial, Pause,Gwangju, (2002); Istanbul Biennial, Egofugal Istanbul; S.M.A.K., Casino, Gent; PS1 Uniform New York (2001); Manifesta III, Ljubljana, Slovenia, S.M.A.K., Over the Edges Gent (2000); Fondazione Olivetti, Rome (2000) and the Venice Biennale (1997,1999, 2005 & 2013).

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Moderators

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Hajrulla Çeku

Hajrulla Çeku është pjesë e EC Ma Ndryshe, organizatë me bazë në komunitet që angazhohet për mbrojtjen e qyteteve të Kosovës. Ka përfunduar studimet master në qeverisje dhe zhvillim lokal.

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Eliza Hoxha

Eliza Hoxha works at the University of Prishtina / Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture / Department or Urbanism and Spatial Planning while also parallel to that she practices her profession as a freelancer. Currently she is a PHD – cand at TU-Graz, Austria. Here work experience is linked with different institutions form governmental level such as Ministry of Environment and spatial planning in Kosovo, also with many Kosovar Municipalities with whom she worked on the planning processes, strategies and other documents and also with the private sector. She is an author of the book titled “the city and love” dedicated to the capital city of Prishtina which is a collection of its best columns on the city issues, identity, memory and the future. She was awarded by the Association of Kosovar Architects for her writings with a price for “educative architecture – promotion of architecture” in April 2011. Another award came to her proclaiming here an Ambassador for Environment in Kosovo from BELLS (Balkan Environmental Local Leadership Standards) Movement at September 2010, While also from Kosovar Women Network in 2013 for promoting women right in Kosovo.

Eliza Hoxha besides its profession as an architect, she is a well-known Kosovar public personality in the different fields of arts and culture such as music, photography and other forms of artistic expression using them to address social issues and concerns in Post war Kosovo.

Since, from July 2011 - till 2015 she was a President of the Executive Board of the Kosovar National Gallery in Prishtine. She is a member of ECP-European Culture Parlament.

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Stefano ROMANO

Stefano Romano, works in a processual field, through temporary actions, performances, installations and photographic works, in a relational dimension that crosses his background, and that in the propensity to the networking becomes collective participation, aesthetic and political mobilization on a line of a post Debord neosituationist, looking for new models of sociability. As an artist, as well as curator, He realizes ephemeral, diasporic, actions and events questioning conflicts, new antagonisms, and the urgency of social reality. He works from more than a decade in Albania where he conceived several projects as artist as well as curator. He took part in Tirana Bienale3 he conceived the project 1.60insurgent space focused on public spaces, he was also co-founder of T.I.C.A. (Tirana Institute of Contemporary Art). In 2012 he co-founded DyZeroTre (DZT) and MAPS – Museum of Art in Public Space. Its works have been shown at national and international museums and exhibitions, such as: Tulla Culture Center (Tirana, Albania); Palazzo della Misericordia in the frame of ArtDate -Dialogo nel tempo (Bergamo, Italy); Palazzo Costanzi (Trieste, Italy); Studio Tommaseo (Trieste, Italy); BACO arte contemporanea (Bergamo, Italy); TICA AIRLab c/o Tirana Ekspress (Tirana, Albania); Artopia Gallery (Milano, Italy); Galleria Bianconi (Milano, Italy); Careof (Milano, Italy); Placentia Arte (Piacenza, Italy); GAMeC area Palestra, (Bergamo, Italy); Galleria Alice & altri lavori in corso (Roma, Italy); 54° Venice Biennial – Pavillion of Fine Arts Academies, Arsenale (Venice, Italy); Macro Future (Roma Italy); GC.AC (Monfalcone, Gorizia, Italy); Neon campo base (Bologna, Italy); Triennale (Milano, Italy); Chelsea Art Museum (New York, USA); The Kosova Art Gallery (Prishtinë, Kosovo); Tirana Bienale3 (Tirana, Albania); Museo d’arte Contemporanea di Villa Croce (Genova, Italy); The Yugoslav Biennial of Young Artist, Centre for Contemporary Arts (Vrsac/Belgrade Serbia and Montenegro); Via Farini (Milano, Italy); Boston Cyberarts Festival, Coolidge Corner Theatre (Boston U.S.A.); Centre Culturel Francais de Turin (Torino, Italy).

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