Artists from Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro have been reunited in a joint exhibition under the title “Distant Neighbourhoods – Restoring Closeness”. Even if tension lingers on between their native countries, they succeeded to present works of art under the same theme: rising above the distance imposed by the political conflicts and communicating.
Curators of the exhibition are Dunja Blazevic, art critic and director of Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art; Slaven Tolj, artist and director of Art Centre “Lazareti”; and Svetlana Racanovic, art critic and director of Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro. They chose three cities marked by the war of the 1990's to present the exhibition: Dubrovnik (Croatia), Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina) and Cetinje (Montenegro).
The Nansen Dialogue Centre Montenegro and the Nansen Dialogue Centre Mostar organized the event in partnership with the "Lazareti" Art Centre (Dubrovnik), the Croatian House "Herceg-Stjepan Kosaca" (Mostar), the Center for Contemporary Art (Sarajevo) and the National Museum of Montenegro (Cetinje).
The exhibition was opened in Dubrovnik on September the 15th, in Mostar on September the 27th and in Cetinje on October the 6th.
Svetlana Racanovic: “The aim is to grasp the thin line that could link the broken, to inspire and encourage curiosity about the Others that can become an impulse and condition for developing one’s own self.”
Dunja Blazevic: “The exhibition was created as a result of the desire and need to become reacquaint ourselves and to establish a dialogue with the OTHER and to overcome the spatial (political) and mental (ethno-ideological) borders between neighboring countries.”
Slaven Tolj & Srdjana Cvijetic: “What all the exhibited works have in common is the meditation i.e. reflection which necessarily implies auto-reflection as the consequence of the states and processes we are all together experiencing.”
See the main exhibits below, in the PHOTOS Section.
For more information about the project and the curators vision, read the articles in the EXTRA Section.
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For more info contact Svetlana Racanovic, director of Nansen Dialogue Centre, Montenegro.