Western Balkan countries look at the past and the future at the Venice Biennale 2019

The past meets the future in the present

Albania is represented in the Biennale by Driant Zeneli, who brings a sculptural video installation titled “Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary”. As the official Biennale site describes:

It develops from a two-channel film set in the mines of Bulqizë, a city in the northeast of the country where, since 1918, the chrome mineral has been extracted. The film stages a group of teenagers discovering a cosmic capsule which follows the journey of chrome, from its extraction and processing inside the factory to its exportation and worldwide exploitation. This ‘geopolitical’ space travel thus turns this shady and dramatic industrial environment into an ambivalent space for collapse and takeoff.

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#BiennaleArte2019 #NationalParticipations @2019Albanian #AlbanianPavilion “Maybe the cosmos is not so extraordinary” opens now at #Arsenale. @driant_zeneli realized a sculptural video installation, a ‘geopolitical’ space travel through shady and dramatic industrial environment.414:00 PM – May 10, 2019See Biennale di Venezia’s other TweetsTwitter Ads info and privacy

Danica Dakić is representing Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Biennale. The official site says of her installation:

[It] reflects on the poetics of human existence against the background of contemporary post-transition reality in the city of Zenica while collaborating with some of its protagonists. At one time the symbol of Yugoslav modernist progress, Zenica was left struggling after the Bosnian War. Dakić investigates the heritage of modernity, from Bauhaus to the utopian paradigms of international and Yugoslav socialist modernism. The three-video works dissolve the divisions between stage and audience, the real and the imagined city.

Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina, 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times. Photo: La Biennale di Venezia, used with permission.

Dakić is the first woman artist to represent Bosnia and Herzegovina at the international art exhibition.

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To mark the opening of the 58th Venice Biennale to the public today, revisit our interview with Danica Dakic, the first woman artist to represent Bosnia at the international art exhibition:#BiennaleArte2019http://bit.ly/2JwxYuk 1011:00 AM – May 11, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacyYugoslav Industrial Symbol Inspires Bosnia’s Biennale Pick | Balkan InsightDanica Dakic, the first woman artist to represent Bosnia at the Venice Biennale, has taken the drastic social and economic changes in the old industrial town of Zenica as her inspiration.balkaninsight.comSee Balkan Insight’s other Tweets

Alban Muja brings to the Venice Biennale memories of the Kosovo War with a video installation named “Family Album.” The official Biennale website says:

[It] questions the role that images and the media play in constructing and shaping narrative, identity, and history, especially in times of conflict. Twenty years after the end of the war, Muja invites four young adults to ruminate on childhood photos taken by photojournalists that show them fleeing their homes. The faces on the screen react not so much to history as it actually happened, but as it was represented.

Pavilion of Kosovo, 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, May You Live In Interesting Times. Photo: La Biennale di Venezia, used with permission.

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Kosovo’s pavilion is a simple, direct and passionate space, with video screens showing interviews with young adults who share harrowing memories of being children during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War”https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/venice-biennale-coverage/2019/05/08/0a39671e-6d16-11e9-be3a-33217240a539_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.45f9adddfbda …46:07 PM – May 13, 2019 · Kosovo

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