The Culture Lobby
Seven arts organizations throughout the Western Balkans collaborated intensely throughout 2009 in an exchange of local artists whose task it was to talk to random citizens in the cities, towns and villages of a participating country that was not their own. Everyone was asked the same question: What do you think will change or disappear in your everyday life when your country joins the European Union? The answers collected, photographed and displayed are intended as a barometer of the concerns, fears and aspirations of the citizens of this region, who – through their participation – contributed to the creation of an alternative cultural history as an artwork in itself.
To browse the whole archive and to leave your comment visit the official website of the project - www.theculturelobby.com
Project partners: Cultural Centre Lindart (Tirana), G-MK | Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic (Zagreb), Sarajevo Centre for Contemporary Art (Sarajevo), Laboratory for visual arts | LAB (Prishtina), Center for Contemporary Public Art Elementi (Bitola), ProStory (Podgorica), Index on Censorship (London)
Artists: CINDY BLAŽEVIĆ, PASCAL PAQUETTE, IMRANA KAPETANOVIĆ, AMER KAPETANOVIĆ, LAZAR PEJOVIĆ, DUŠKO MILJANIĆ, NIVES SERTIĆ, NEBOJŠA SLIJEPČEVIĆ, ANA ADAMOVIĆ, DORIJAN KOLUNDŽIJA, ATDHE MULLA, ASTRIT IBRAHIMI, LEONARD QYLAFI, ARMAND HABAZAJ, LJUPCHO TEMELKOVSKI, ALEKSANDAR GROZDANOVSKI, RYAN TAILOR.
Curators: Milica Pekić, Ivana Bago, Julia Farrington, Asja Hafner, Dren Maliqi, Valbona Shujaku, Biljana Petrovska Isijanin, Alketa Kurizzo, Svetlana Šošić
Experts: Rebecca Heald, Katie Sonnenborn, Janko Ljumović, Agon Maliqi, Marko Stamenković, Odeta Barbullushi, Nebojša Vilić, Antonija Majača, Amer Tikveša
The Culture Lobby project is part of the British Council’s Creative Collaboration programme. The overall aim of the Creative Collaborations programme is to enrich the cultural life of Europe and its surrounding country and to build trust and understanding across communities by generating dialogue and debate and by increasing the number of artists working in collaboration with other countries in the South East Europe and the UK.
The Culture Lobby project was supported by European Cultural Foundation, The Balkan Trust for Democracy, Fund for an Open Society, Ontario Arts Council, Swiss Cultural Programme in the Western Balkans, City of Belgrade.