Autostrada Biennale was established with the mission to enhance culture and revitalize its community. It is envisioned as an innovative highway connecting the Istanbul, Venice and Prizren Biennales. The spaces will be in the alleyways and the Lumbardhi river in Prizren, Kosovo. The biennale is inspired by today’s changing world and was initiated in order to take advantage of and expand upon the increased artistic exchange and practice currently happening.
Through a spirit of cooperation we will seek to awaken creative energy in Kosovo, the Western Balkans region and beyond. Collaboration between different artistic fields and questioning the problems and difficulties of the contemporary world is a groundbreaking of aspect of art today. It challenges and exchanges collaboration.
This shift in the relationship between artist, studio and museum was signaled in Harald Szeemann’s summary of the show’s content: “The obvious opposition to form; the high degree of personal and emotional engagement; the pronouncement that certain objects are art, although they have not previously been defined as such; the shift of interest away from the result towards the artistic process; the use of mundane objects; the interaction of work and material; Mother Earth as medium, workplace, the desert as concept.”
Autostrada Biennale is a utopian factory and workplace in the best sense of the meaning. It aims to highlight social, political, economic and aesthetic conditions, which also influence everyday life beyond the art world: to make the city itself a museum itself, a site of contemporaneity. A place in where local experiences of time subvert the unity of embracing and inventing its own time.
Autostrada Biennale as a non-governmental organization has been established with the mission of expanding culture and revitalizing its community, because it is the first biennial of contemporary art in Kosovo.
The organization operates through three main programs: the International Contemporary Art Exhibition which is organized every two years, the Informal Education Program and the Cooperation Projects.
The organization was founded by a team of young people including artists, pedagogues and sociologists who, after the establishment, created an advisory board with very important people who live and work in different parts of the world.
The Autostrada Biennale International Advisory Board consists of artists, curators, architects, art critics and sociologists proven on the international scene who are active and committed for Autostrada Biennale to achieve success as a special project of contemporary art in the world.
Through its collaborative and informal education program, the Autostrada Biennale has established close partnerships with other local and international organizations. Meanwhile, domestic and international financial supporters are the ones who have made it possible for this to become a reality.