July 1, 2008 - Young Visual Artists Awards - Exhibition and Symposium
July 1, 2008

Exhibition and Symposium

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Joint Exhibition of Young Visual Artists
Awards Winners and Symposium
in Belgrade, July 2008

at Magacin, Kraljevica Marka 4, Belgrade
Opening: Sat, July 12 at 18:30 h

Borders/Common Ground // Bordering Common Ground

at Dom omladine Beograda, Makedonska 22/IV, Belgrade
Sat, July 12, 12-16 h


The Young Visual Artists Awards program (YVAA) is an international award program for young visual artists in Central and South Eastern Europe organized by affiliates in ten countries in the region and The Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS). Since 1990 this annual program with national exhibitions and awards, which now includes residencies at the International Studio and Curatorial Program in New York, has been organized in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Albania, and was newly established in Bulgaria.

For the third time in the history of the YVAA program the artists awarded within this international program will be presented in a joint exhibition and on this occasion, the organizers prepared a symposium on common topics. The first two such events took place in Prague in 2005 and in Pristina in 2006. Both of the events in Belgrade will bring together artists and arts professionals from the countries of the region and guests from the rest of Europe and the United States. Among them are Christian Rattemeyer, Curator, Museum of Modern Art in New York, Miguel Amado, Curator and Contributor to Artforum.com, Francisca Zolyom, Board Member of tranzit.hu and Director of Institute of Contemporary Art in Dunaujvaros, Hungary, Amb. William Luers, former President of The Metropolitan Museum in New York, and Wendy Luers, President of FCS and former Board Member of the National Endowment for the Arts. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

Information on the awards and awarded artists’ portfolios may be found at www.yvaa.net

at Magacin, Kraljevica Marka 4, Belgrade
Opening: Saturday, July 12 at 18:30 h
On view through July 25, 2008 – Gallery Hours: Mon-Sun 14-21 h

Participating artists: Irgin Sena (ARDHJE Award, Albania), Mladen Miljanovic (ZVONO Award, Bosnia and Herzegovina), Vedran Perkov (Radoslav Putar Award, Croatia), Barbora Klimova (Jindrich Chalupecky Award, Czech Republic), Bekim Gllogu (Artist of Tomorrow Award, Kosovo), Boris Petrovski (Denes Award, Macedonia), Katarina Zdjelar (Dimitrije Basicevic Mangelos Award, Serbia), Lucia Nimcova (Oskar Cepan Award, Slovakia), Luiza Margan and Miha Presker (OHO Group Award, Slovenia)

at Dom omladine Beograda, Makedonska 22/IV, Belgrade
Saturday, July 12, 12-16 h
Concept: Asja Hafner, Program Coordinator and Editor, SCCA/pro.ba Sarajevo

Session I
Art in Political Frame/Politics in Art Frame//Politics Framing Art/Art Framing Politics
Moderator: Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, 2008 Curator-in-Residence, Kadist Art Foundation, Paris
Panelists: Dunja Blazevic, Director, SCCA Sarajevo; Antonia Majaca, Director/Curator, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb; Zoran Pantelic, Director, kuda.org, Novi Sad

Which art can be called political and what is today’s attitude of people (both in the art world and outside of its frames) towards the phenomenon of political art and politicizing of art production and art messages? Is, and can all art be political? Where are the frontiers where art and politics clash and where they can work together? What is “political art” and who defines it? What are the experiences of artists developing and working in different ideological systems? Does art change its role in political world or does it stay on commentary and observation on the state of the world? Where are we in defining art and politics today?

Session II
Artist Residencies – Mobility, Perspective and Art Production
Moderator: Zoran Pantelic, Director, kuda.org, Novi Sad
Panelists: Vasif Kortun, Director, Platform Guaranti, Istanbul; Tina Finnas, Project Manager, TICA, Tirana; Antonia Majaca, Director/Curator, Galerija Miroslav Kraljevic, Zagreb; Alexandru Bounegru, Project Coordinator, Periferic, Iasi

To which extent do residency programs contribute to the quality of art production and the reflection of art practice of an artist? What does “residency work” mean? What are the prerequisites for various residency programs? What does the process of receiving residencies look like and who finances it? Who benefits from residency programs? Are residency programs places for the ‘educational’ advancement of artists or are they places for networking and allowing artists to be at the right time in the right place? Do residency programs offer a platform for critical thinking or are they merely platforms for commodification?

Organizer: The Foundation for a Civil Society, New York
Local coordination: Dez org and Kontekst, Belgrade

Main partner: ERSTE Foundation. Additional support by: Trust for Mutual Understanding, European Cultural Foundation, the Embassy of the United States in Serbia, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Belgrade, and Dom omladine Beograda.

Awards and their organizers: ARDHJE AWARD – TICA – Tirana, Albania; ZVONO AWARD – Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts, Bosnia and Herzegovina; BAZA AWARD – Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, Bulgaria; RADOSLAV PUTAR AWARD – Institute for Contemporary Art, SCCA Zagreb, Croatia; JINDRICH CHALUPECKY AWARD – Jindrich Chalupecky Society, Czech Republic; ARTIST OF TOMORROW AWARD – Kosova Art Gallery, Kosovo; DENES AWARD – Contemporary Art Center Skopje, Macedonia; DIMITRIJE BASICEVIC MANGELOS AWARD – Dez org and Kontekst Gallery, Serbia; OSKAR CEPAN AWARD – Foundation/Center for Contemporary Arts, Slovakia; OHO AWARD – Zavod P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Gallery in Center P47, Slovenia.

Contact: info@fcsny.org

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