EVROVIZION
CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES

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EVROVIZION.CROSSING SARAJEVO
FINISSAGE
HISTORIJSKI MUZEJ BOSNE I HERZEGOVINE
21 AUGUST 2021 AT 6 P.M.

The exhibition project EVROVIZION.CROSSING STORIES AND SPACES is organized in Sarajevo in cooperation with the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina and with the support of the Goethe-Institut Bosnia and Herzegovina.

EVROVIZION.CROSSING SARAJEVO

The co-creative exhibition project explores the current social and political climate in Europe and the idea of a European identity. The focus is on less visible and marginalised geopolitical and cultural spaces, in particular in southeast and eastern Europe. These are so-called semi-peripheries and places of diversity that often play only a minor role in many international theoretical discourses and exhibition practices, such as the multi-ethnic city of Sarajevo – the first venue of the project.

In close cooperation with regional protagonists and each local art scene, new artistic projects will be added to the exhibition during the course of its tour. The aim is to reflect on contemporary social and political challenges, and to make specific local impulses visible in order to generate the continuous and flowing development of dialogue spaces. The exhibition title EVROVIZION is a construct made of similar and yet still different languages – Eurovisione / Evrovizija / Евровизия – a fusion of potential unities; a free version of potential togetherness.

When we started thinking about the project together in May 2019, we very quickly began to consider the aspect of traveling (a touring exhibition) and the wish to enable spaces of thinking within the exhibition. To what extent can crossing through various spaces of the so-called semi-peripheries of Europe change both the space within the exhibition and also perhaps our idea of Europe itself? Which processes will be set in motion during this journey and what effect will they have on everyone involved in EVROVIZION?

It was important to present artistic positions that provide access to the theme of this project through open narrative forms that create STORIES AND SPACES. The artists in the exhibition explore very diverse issues: origin and identity (Nevin Aladağ), personal memory and collective belief (Igor Bošnjak), histories and mythologies (Vajiko Chachkhiani), the politics of memory and the neoliberal handling of trauma (Lana Čmajčanin), the presence of the absent (Johanna Diehl), personal experiences and collective memory (Petrit Halilaj), the mechanisms of radicalisation (Henrike Naumann), the colonial past, present and future (Janine Jembere), posthuman mythologies and future archaeology (Emilija Škarnulytė), the collective self-emancipation of oppressed women (Selma Selman), languages, rituals and identities (Slavs and Tatars), and historical and political memory (Adnan Softić).

The exhibition can be viewed as a collection of diverse (hi)stories that are all autonomous and yet are deeply interwoven and together form a whole narrative. More stories will be added to this collection during the tour. The touring library, the homepage and also the project magazines were all created with the aim of expanding the stories, and showing that this is all a work in progress – a process. The MAGAZINE PRE-ISSUE, for example, initially only contains information about the start of this journey. In each city of the tour, further magazines will be produced (EVROVIZION.CROSSING SARAJEVO, EVROVIZION.CROSSING NOVI SAD etc.), which will be created together with local journalists and will relate to current events at each venue. In the end we will have a collection of different magazines, an “archive of the journey”.

We warmly thank the artists, the ifa team, the technicians, the authors, the translators, the editors, and the graphic designers, and all our partners and participants for their patience and trust. Their faith in this project again and again gave us the strength to persevere in these turbulent times during the pandemic. For us, as the curatorial team of EVROVIZION, this has been a process of trust and letting go. We are ready to embark on this exciting and uncertain path, without any specific expectations, and we hope that many people will take part in this journey through our common past, present and future.

Sabina Klemm and Sanja Kojić Mladenov
Curatorial Team

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EXHIBITION
Responsable:
Ellen Strittmatter
Curators:
Sabina Klemm, Sanja Kojić Mladenov
Organisation and Realisation:
Sabina Klemm
Team ifa:
Nina Bingel, Clea Laade, Laura Wünsche
Technical team:
Martin Edelmann, Manuel Reinartz, Carsten Tabel
Texts:
Sabina Klemm, Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Clea Laade, Ellen Strittmatter
Editor:
Sabina Klemm
Text Editor:
Clea Laade
Translation:
Nathan Bailey, Greg Bond, Jeanette Mohr
Proofreading:
Nathan Bailey, Greg Bond, Jeanette Mohr, Simone Kinateder
Video subtitles:
Simone Kinateder, André Werner
Video script:
Nici Halschke, Florian Model
Graphic Design:
Heimann + Schwantes, Berlin
heimannundschwantes.de

EXHIBITION ONLINE
Representative:
Ronald Grätz
Secretary General
Editor:
Sabina Klemm
Texts Editor:
Clea Laade
Video subtitles:
Simone Kinateder, André Werner
Video script:
Nici Halschke, Florian Model
Concept and Design:
Heimann + Schwantes, Berlin
heimannundschwantes.de
Technical Concept and Realisation:
agenturfuerkrankemedien GmbH, Berlin

MAGAZINE PRE-ISSUE
Publisher:
Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen
e.V. (ifa), Stuttgart, Ellen Strittmatter
www.ifa.de
Editor:
Sabina Klemm
Texts:
Sabina Klemm, Sanja Kojić Mladenov, Clea Laade, Adnan Softić, Ellen Strittmatter
Translation:
Nathan Bailey (de→en), Greg Bond (de→en), Andrijana Mandić (rs→en, pg. 6–9)
Jeanette Mohr (en→de), Snežana Gvozdenac (rs→de)
Proofreading:
Nathan Bailey (en), Greg Bond (en), Nicola Halschke (en), Simone Kinateder (de)
Ljiljana Maletin Vojvodić (rs, pg. 6–9), Tanja Milewsky (de), Jeanette Mohr (de)
Graphic Design:
Heimann + Schwantes, Berlin
heimannundschwantes.de
Lithography:
Prints Professional, Berlin
Printing:
Druckhaus Sportflieger, Berlin
https://www.druckhaus-sportflieger.de/

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