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14 Feb 13

Balkan Artists Prepare For Venice Biennale

This year's international art exhibition in Venice will see a number of interesting projects from the Balkans - and Kosovo will have its own pavilion for the first time.

Nemanja Cabric
BIRN Belgrade

Most countries from the Balkan region have chosen their artists and projects to represent their art production from the previous year at the 55th Art Biennale in Venice.

It takes place from June 1 to November 24, 2013, at the Giardini della Biennale and at the Venetian Arsenal as well as in various other venues in the city.

Apart from the central exhibition, the Biennale will host about a hundred national pavilions, among which are several newcomers, such as the Bahamas, Bahrain, Kosovo, Kuwait, the Maldives, Ivory Coast, Paraguay, and possibly the Vatican.

Vladimir Peric and Milos Tomic will represent Serbia with an exhibition consisting of two art projects.

Peric's Horor Vakui comprises a wall that contains elements from his earlier installations and a floor consisting of tables of popular social games.

Tomic's project, Musical Diaries, is a series of video screenings that visually follow various sounds coming from the interaction of everyday objects.

Bosnia and Herzegovina will be presented by Miljan Miljenovic in the Zorzi Galeoni Palace. His project, under the working title Movement (Kretanje), will aim to visually materialize different movements in Bosnian society.

Between Sky and Earth is the name of the project by multumedia artist Kata Mijatovic. from Croatia. This will be on display in the Tiziano hall. According to the selectors, Mijatovic's project is a "map of the neglected, unconscious dimension of reality". It is a result of a long-term process of archiving other people's dreams that the artist then used for new purposes.

Macedonia will participate at the Biennale with Skin is an Identity and a Surface for Projection, Representation of the Soul, a project by Elpida Hadži Vasileva, who lives and works in Brighton, England.

For the first time, Kosovo will also have its pavilion. It will be presented by Petrit Halilaj, an artist known for his representations of social reality.

His exhibition will feature memories of a rural childhood, his personal experience of war, destruction, exodus and displacement.

The artist moves back and forth between different countries, between Kosovo, where he grew up and where his family and many friends are; Italy, where he studied; and Berlin, where he lives temporarily.

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