Presentation and talk in Manifesta12

7 October, 2018


Presentation and talk “Autostrada Biennale: The Common Book”

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.