We are pleased to announce a joint presentation by female students from the Academy of Fine Arts, the Academy of Performing Arts and the Music Academy of the University of Sarajevo on the theme “Future of the Region” for the Balkan Days Festival in March 2021.
With their presentation, these young talented female artists will try to address some of the current issues they are currently facing and experiencing in different ways. Their artistic, stage and musical expression will provide the general public with a more accurate picture of how the young generation reacts to life in today’s world and what answers it offers, with the help of various media.
In this context, Adna Muslija’s conceptual work includes the idea of “mapping” the Balkan soil by collaging a selected type of paper with a drawing – a metaphorical carrier of the “bloodstream” of the Balkans in red and blue. The filigree structure of the paper, the principle of piecing together broken holes and the semantic reading of symbolic content reveal a new print of the pages of the Balkans’ future.
The artist clearly conveys the message that the future lies in what binds us.
Ana Milijević / Kemil Bekteši
The current problem of the Covid19 pandemic is explored by Ana Milijević and Kemil Bekteši, who present their work in the form of face masks. Locked up in their homes, they find a way to visually synthesise our identities (past) and our present in the form of face masks made in the form of handicrafts characteristic of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans (weaving, embroidery, lace…). This gives the masks a completely authentic form and decorative textures that testify to the author’s lost and revealed identity.
Through the medium of photography, student Sergej Mačar will present the hybrid space faced by young people burdened by today’s political, consumerist, populist and traditional frameworks. Among other things, the photo series will draw attention to cultural and ideological elements that are often contradictory, thus highlighting just some of the problems this author is dealing with.
The psychological analysis of the portrait of the sculpture student Hana Hurem implies a sculptural work that is complemented with plants that correspond in character to the character depicted. The chosen model, expressively worked and complemented with a corresponding plant growing out of the head, actually testifies to the process of change that is documented. In this way, different human characters and their change over time are determined. Therefore, we can ask ourselves how people can be characterised today and how the question of the transformation process is dealt with.
Student Selma Zimić will present her idea through a video work with a symbolic representation of sand in motion. The choice of sand as the vehicle for this work is very much determined by its complex meaning. The associative principle emphasises the viewer’s emotion and at the same time opens up the possibility of “reading” the future of the region. Can we walk on it and how quickly can we escape it?