Bosnia has been on a long road to recovery from nearly crumbling after the 1992-95 war. More than half of its population now lives abroad. Almost 60 high schools remain segregated along ethnic lines. The centre will provide a platform for socially engaged artists to share their stories, recollect memories and reclaim their identities as survivors and artists. It will particularly focus on the artists of the Bosnian diaspora who will have the opportunity to reconnect with the local community.
Sarajevo, Bihać, Srebrenica (Bosnia and Herzegovina)
This innovative centre will foster civil society engagement and democratic participation. It will train artists and students who will go beyond cultural and political borders for a unified Europe, giving an essential contribution to reconciliation and preventing new conflicts in the region.
The centre will give the possibility to four artists belonging to the Bosnian diaspora to come back to their country and reconnect with their homeland. Their art projects will foster a much-needed debate about (be)longing, memory, identity and reconciliation within Bosnian schools and universities.
We believe that engaged art can offer the best possible occasion for the artists and their community to recover from collective and personal traumas and to help rewrite a united history overcoming hate and nationalism. We will organise the first summer and winter schools of this kind, focusing on post-war Bosnian art and connecting students with artists, peers and community. Four artist residencies will be implemented. The project's outcomes will be presented at the WARM festival in June 2019.
As an art historian, curator and PhD candidate student, I believe in the power of art and education to create positive changes in people’s consciousness. Sarajevo blessed me with purpose and hope for a better future. The idea of establishing the Centre is a dream I have been cultivating for years.
The centre will work with local and international artists and professional personnel such as professors, researchers and psychologists, targeting local high school and university students, the local community and members of the Bosnian diaspora.
Any advice or comments will be welcomed. Since the project represents a big challenge, the support from others on the platform is precious!