Moving towards a new artistic highway
International conference " Contemporary Past. Historical Future. '', on 23 and 24 July, gathered in Prizren artists, pedagogues, curators and potential partners to reflect on the importance of the Biennale of contemporary art in the region and beyond.
In Hamam built in the sixteenth century, the panelists invited in four sessions, debated on the mission began to consolidate partnerships between public and private institutions of art, artists and informal groups, through networking and exchange of experiences and ideas – with a common aim, to promote the creation of new opportunities for expansion and revival of the artistic community.
Through the cooperation and cultural exchanges, Autostrada Biennale, comes as an innovative highway of Istanbul Biennale, Biennale of Venice and that of Prizren. It felt provoked to act, to call into questioning the difficulties of the modern world, while highlighting the social, economic, political and aesthetic; localy regionaly and wider.
In the first session, titled "Art and undefined creative territories", moderated by Stefano Romano, the relationship of art and global movements was addressed. 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), discussed how the role of art changed in the last few years. Who and what is setting the role of art today? In search of what conditions is art today? Are these forms of art presentation reinventing new definitions? What is the next step?
Second session “A city that has no gallery, but has an art biennale”, was moderated by Eliza Hoxha, while panel members are: Anna Smolak (Curator, Poland); Gëzim Paçarizi (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).
The session entitled " The common points / Art, Investors and Public ", touched the points of interest for art and investors as well as public domain. Speakers: Edmond Hajrizi (UBT / Pristina, Kosovo), Gregor Podnar (Gallery Gregor Podnar / Berlin, Germany) and Osman Arayici (Academy Evolution / Turkey) – that had a video presentation, debated whether artistic concepts should necessarily be filtered in political and economic filters, that if investments in art and culture affect the economy. Moderator of this session was Hajrula Ceku.
In the last session, "Biennale of contemporary art / Its impact on the country and region," moderated by Rubin Beqo, spoke: Ana Frangovska (Curator / Skopje, Macedonia); Olson Lamaj (Miza Gallery / Tirana, Albania); Shkelzen Maliqi (art critic / Pristina, Kosovo); Zdenka Badovinac (Moderna Galerija / Ljubljana, Slovenia).
Panelists discussed how the biennales were once and how their performance has advanced last years. They also brought experience and proposed ways for the realization of a sustainable biennial.
Besides sessions, conference participants were briefed on many projects in support of the arts, cultural heritage and social responsibility in the "Parteners corner" where all the time were played videos of the activities of partners of the conference: UBT (university for business and technology) Academy evolution, Green Art Center, CHWB (Cultural Heritage Without Borders - Kosovo) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung.
Conference "Contemporary Past. Historical Future.'' was the first step in building the "Autostrada Biennale ", the first biennial of contemporary art in Kosovo, to be held in September 2017 in Prizren.
Apart from the aforementioned partners, the conference was also supported by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Municipality of Prizren, Fabrika, Rugove, Eurokoha, Kujtesa, Hotel Theranda, Frutti and Fellas and media partners KTV and Kosovo 2.0.
In the following links you can find video prepared by our media partner KTV and news from our another media partner Kosovo2.0: