Art and Survival, focus day, 20.11.2007

Art and Survival. Focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina

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When the spotlights switch off on a post-conflict area
study day organised by Connecting Cultures
20th November, 2007
Milan, Triennale Bovisa

The study day Art and Survival | Focus on Bosnia-Herzegovina will reconsider the state of the art in a post conflict country such as Bosnia-Herzegovina, where the artistic project Art and Survival is taking place. The study day is intended as a moment for reflection and better understanding of the potential of art practices in the difficult and complex equation of human and economic development in countries afflicted by diffuse war and the separation of communities. Even more frequently the destabilisation of societies in Europe and elsewhere, leads not to wars between nations but to an escalation of internal conflicts, often ethnically defined, resulting in the denial of the most elementary human rights. What are the very real, unspoken, human and economic consequences of this alarming trend visible in many parts of the world?
Through the Art project Art and Survival, Connecting Cultures applies the language of art in an empathic approach on several levels in order to combat the stigma relating to mental health and the widespread anxieties deriving from the social and psychological consequences of widespread violence.
All the phases of the project, with special attention to the workshop experience with Italian artist Cesare Pietroiusti and three joung Bosnian artists (Sandra Dukic, Arman Kulasic, Lala Rascic), have been filmed by a team of professional filmakers of the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art. With them Connecting Cultures will produce a documentary on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) – showed during the study day: an illness which takes a particularly heavy toll in post conflict countries, particularly devastating for the possibilities of reconstruction of an everyday normality within those societies.

Tuesday 20th November at 6.30 pm, the Video Review entitled Bosnian Selection! will be inaugurated. Nine artists from Bosnia-Herzegovina have been selected in collaboration with the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Art in an organic overview of the video works produced during the past ten years in the post-war society. The works of these artists, some emerging, others already well known on the international scenario, will be visible every day until 2nd December at the Triennale Bovisa and on the maxi screen outside from 6.00 pm until midnight. The selection will also include a short intense documentary of the workshop and the relationship with the patients in the two Mostar Mental Health Centres in October 2007.

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project partner LOGO Centro Arti Contemporanee Sarajevo

supported by
Harvard Medical School, Project 1 Billion | USA
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina-Federal Ministry of Health of Bosnia-Herzegovina  | BiH