Foto: Zoran Kanlić, 2014
Green Pavilion
Sarajevo

Intro

The Green Pavilion project will “investigate” and revive memories of the city’s famous Art Pavilion which was torn down in the late 1970s under circumstances that remain unclear to this day. It was a project of architect Jahiel Finci (1911-1977) built in the 1950s and was located on the corner of King Tomislav and Tito Street, one of the most vibrant points in the city centre at that time. It was a place of rendezvous for the young people, but also a place where contemporary art was exhibited. It was planned that a bigger pavilion should be built on that location, but unfortunately that never happened. And this is how Sarajevo lost one of its few places built specially for art. The Green Pavilion will revisit this memory, transplant it into contemporary time and provide new meanings for such spaces in Sarajevo today.

Besides working with the memory of this missing art space the Green Pavilion will also be a physical copy of the old pavilion. It will follow its original form but will be made smaller and much greener. Sarajevo today desperately needs a slow and continuous introduction of art into its public spaces and this concept it aims to do precisely this. Choosing the location of today’s Hastahana Park not far away from the original location as the site of the new pavilion seems like an ideal solution taking into account the positioning, meaning and present purpose of this park. The new pavilion will be pinned to the ground, allowing it to grow literally in time. This deliberate reincarnation of an art and social space in a new green version that will grow in Hastahana Park will serve as a reminder and a new space for art. It will provide options, an open space, a chance to recuperate or just a place to hide from the burning sun for the children playing in the park.

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  • OPENING ACTOPOLIS LAB SARAJEVO

    7 June 2016 18:46 by ACTOPOLIS

    Opening Actopolis LAB Sarajevo © Goethe-Institut BiH. Photo by Zoran Kanlić
    Actopolis Lab Sarajevo opened on the 6th of June, 2016 at the Hastahana Skate Park in the center of Sarajevo. The mayor of the Centar Sarajevo municipality, Dževad Bećirević discussed the concept of the Actopolis project and its specific representations in different Actopolis cities. He was joined by the director of the Goethe-Institut in Bosnia-and-Herzegovina, Charlotte Hermelink, the Actopolis project art director, Angelika Fitz, and the curator of Actopolis LAB Sarajevo, Danijela Dugandžić.

PARTICIPANTS

© Maja Topčagić
Bojan Stojčić

Bojan Stojčić

© Maja Topčagić
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Bojan Stojčić (1988) is an artist from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated in Graphic Design aat the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo, and finished his master thesis about drawing in the same institution. His work has been shown in multiple local and international exhibitions. He is an associate in the Ideologija design studio based in Sarajevo.

Bojan Stojčić's work is based primarily on interventions in the public space (both physical and virtual). His interventions are primarily textual and almost always demonstrate the artist's intimate thoughts and ideas. Positioned in particular places or set on different objects coming from artist's living space, all his works carry a message that is clear, sometimes painfully realistic, sarcastic and mostly funny. More than that, some works (realised in different institutions) are politically and socially engaged and use the space itself to bring about these written metaphors. Works done in studio are mostly text based drawings, or drawings that incorporate different pictorial or textual narratives.
© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Daniela Dugandžić

Daniela Dugandžić

© Danijela Dugandžić Živanović
Actopolis-City: Sarajevo


Daniela Dugandžić is a feminist worker, curator, cultural producer and creator active in the women's movement and in the field of feminist art for the past 20 years. She is currently an acting director of the organisation called CRVENA. Over the years she worked with many artists and organisations from around the globe and produced work in different media. She sees feminism as a lifestyle and takes feminist values and solidarity as her starting point in all projects.

Daniela Dugandžić's work includes Vagina Monologues theatre plays (Sarajevo, Belgrade, Zagreb), a documentary We are the majority, performance Bujrum Izvolite, the art project Transfor(M)art etc. As a member of the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d she curated the 54th October Salon in Belgrade in 2013. The group's experimental project The Bring In Take Out Living Archive appeared in Zagreb, Ljubljana, Vienna, Munich, Sarajevo, Belgrade, Stockholm, Zurich etc. In 2014 she curated an exhibition in the public space called "My house is your house too". Danijela also teaches courses for a Women's Studies programme, provides consultancy and gives lectures all over BIH.

With CRVENA she developed and produced numerous projects, exhibitions, public actions and interventions, artist talks and lectures dealing with contemporary art, feminism, violence against women and girls, women's history and women's engagement. In 2013, together with a team of four researchers, architects and activists she developed a comprehensive program Gradologija (Cityology) www.gradologija.ba that deals with questions of urban governance, use and misuse of public space in the city, urban mobilisation and the possibilities for creation, maintenance and development of what is known as "urban commons".
Lana Čmajčanin

Lana Čmajčanin

Actopolis-City: Sarajevo

Lana Čmajčanin was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1983. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Academy of Fine Arts at the University of Sarajevo. Her work encompasses installations, video works, performances and sound installations. She is one of the founders and members of the Association for Culture and Art CRVENA.

Čmajčanin’s socially engaged artistic practice is often situated and has a strong reference to a specific place, the political framework, the war and post-war situation in B&H and more widely also distinctly includes the role of women and the female body.

She is not afraid to be engaged with even the most traumatic issues of the space she comes from. Her work presents an un-bribable political agenda and she succeeds in translating and transmitting local realities and experiences in a universal code that is comprehensible to an international audience. Lana Čmajčanin has shown her works in many international exhibitions and has participated in several Artists-in-Residence Programmes. She has won several awards and scholarships including the Special Award of the 54th October Salon in 2013. She has also been nominated for the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
www.lanacmajcanin.com/