Exhibition period: 14th of September to 26th of September
Working times: Mon-Fri 11AM- 7PM
Opening: September 14th 2018 12PM
Location: Izložbeni salon Izidor Kršnjavi (ŠPUD)
Exhibition coordinator: Morana Matković
The exhibition “REFEST Images&Words on Refugee Routes” was created as a result of the project REFEST that gathers four organizations from different countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Italy, and Spain) managing small medium-sized festivals in 3 main fields of artistic expressions: photography, illustration and essay-writing. The objectives of the project are to expand and diversify the audience in four festivals by widening the spectrum of their cultural proposals and to address public perception on refugees in public opinion through the artistic representation of the material collected and elaborated during the itinerant programme. Participating organisations are Association Urban – Balkan Photo Festival (BiH), Photography Association Organ Vida – International Photography Festival Organ Vida (HR), Association Passaggi Cultura – Passaggi Cultura (Italy) and Foundation MonteMadrid – Festivalito Villaverde (Spain).
Due to austerity measures and the cumulative effect of the recent years of recession hitting festival-goers, festivals struggle against market saturation and competition of other festivals, resulting in a decline in visitors and revenue. This has caused a negative effect on the quantity and quality of the sponsors which, in turn, has contributed to further decrease the available budget. These organisations have therefore decided to put their heads together in order to find a shared solution to rupture this vicious circle, keep their cultural offer competitive while further enhancing the quality of their artistic proposal and the socio-cultural role they have hardly established during the past years. A special goal within the project was to try to give an answer to the public opinion about refugees through an artistic presentation of research materials and new works created in the process during the residency programmes. The artists worked together to create new modes of artistic and cultural expression while investigating a thought-provoking issue affecting the political debate, such as that of refugees. On the base of these considerations and of the useful suggestions from the artists, exhibition blends the 3 disciplines.
The project selected artists through a Call for Artists at a national level, the selected professionals then formed 4 multidisciplinary transnational working groups in each country. Each group investigated a topic of their choice linked to the main theme (refugees) and to the location of the four residences (Spain, Italy, BiH and Croatia). Their final works circulate in the 4 festivals. So far, the exhibition was presented in Madrid and Fano, and after Zagreb, it will be shown in Sarajevo.
Artists – participants in the project:
Passaggi Cultura (ITA): Anil Alessandro Biswas, Maria Grazia Calandrone, Emmanuel Di Tommaso, Loris Ferri, Franca Mancinelli, Flavia Novelli, Alessandra Racca, Guergana Radeva Sacheva
Balkan Photo Festival (BiH): Imrana Kapetanović, Vanda Kljajo, Amer Kapetanović, Armin Graca, Midhat Poturović, Armin Durgut, Mitar Simikić, Alma Mujanović
Organ Vida Photo Festival (HR): Katarina Zlatec, Dea Botica, Maša Bajc, Vedran Janković, Borko Vukosav, Davor Konjikušić, Matija Kralj
Festivalito de Villaverde (ESP): Maria Peña Coto, Natalia Albeniz Fernandez, Montserrat Piñeiro Torres, Maria Belen Soto Cachinero, Ishara Solis Rodriguez, Isabel Maria Mercado Gomez, Sara Santana Lopez, Carlos Garcia O’Dowd
The views expressed in this publication/program/exhibit/video/audio material created for purposes of the REFEST project are those of Photography Association Organ Vida and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Cooperation with NGOs, Government of the Republic of Croatia.
The REFEST project was realised with the support of the Creative Europe Program, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, the City of Zagreb (City Office for Programs and EU Projects) and the Office for Associations of the Republic of Croatia.