PROtotype for Sustainable residencies in PERipheries
Peripheries are places of solidarity that partners in PROSPER aim to explore by creating connections between environmentally vulnerable regions, through a series of transnational cultural collaborations.
The main priorities are to engage artists and local communities in two regions with major environmental significance; namely the island of Evia in Greece that suffered destructive wildfires in 2021, and Lake Ohrid in N.Macedonia, which has suffered degradation due to human activity endangering its endemic importance. Both regions are affected by COVID, where culture and tourism workers are searching for a way forward to sustainable and inclusive futures.
The objectives are to contribute to the development of models of transnational collaboration that would enable stronger connections between European artists and organizations, diversified audiences as local communities and sustainable cultural tourism sectors; as well as enhance capacity building for diversity driven project management for grassroots organizations.
PROSPER involves 5 partner organizations (LOOP, Eho Animato, Peripetija, Oyoun, and Local Development Agency - Struga), 6 associate partners and more than 40 participants who will together create residencies, collective and mutual learning experiences between artists & local audiences, transnational co-productions in performing & visual arts, capacity building training for cultural and tourism workers and a prototype of sustainable and inclusive residencies in peripheries.
The aim is to enhance international cultural collaboration, methodologies of integrating environmental issues into artistic practice, stronger collaboration between art and tourism, empowered local audiences, visibility of European artists, and stronger capacities for more impactful projects that enable sustainable and inclusion driven project management. This aim will be presented to the public in the form of 2 residencies,1 prototype, 2 1-day festivals, 2 co-production performances, 1 exhibition, 1 audiowalk, 2 publications, 12 workshops, 5 capacity building trainings, and 10 presentations.
On the 21st of May 2023, all partners came together in person to prepare the plan for the upcoming 2.5 years. This project is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.
𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗗𝗲-𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗣𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀 𝗶𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 (𝗣𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗜𝗜) - 𝗣𝗼𝘀𝘁-𝗬𝘂𝗴𝗼𝘀𝗹𝗮𝘃 𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀
🗣️ With: Ana Sladojević, Belgrade-based independent curator and theorist.
📅 When: Wednesday, 9th August
⏰ Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm CET
👥 Who: Cultural Practitioners and anyone interested in the topic is welcome to join. No prior experience is required but we expect participants to be open to reflect on their own positionalities and perceptions.
𝗪𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗰𝗲𝘀?𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝘆 𝗯𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗺𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝘂𝗹𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀?
This format will focus particularly on cultural work in the Post-Yugoslav region and ask what it means to act de-colonially within this context. We will examine the unique aspects of this region, understanding its continuities with and discontinuities from the Western modern paradigm. Participants are invited to reflect on and recognize their own positionalities and biases in relation to the hierarchies normalized by colonialism. The discussion will be led towards dismantling these power structures and encouraging each other to adopt anti-colonial and anti-racist practices in our personal and professional lives.
ANA SLADOJEVIĆ is an independent curator and art theorist. In combining curatorial and artistic methodologies in her work, she points at in/visible privilege and in/visible violence perpetuated through the heritage field, which posits itself as normative and paramount in construing social memory and remembrance. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies – Group for Theory of Arts and Media, from the University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia. Her recent projects and exhibitions include Racism without Racists: Institutions of Culture and Heritage – a reading and discussion group proposed and co-moderated by Jelena Savić (Centre for Cultural Decontamination, Belgrade (CZKD), 2023), An Anticolonial Museum (Museum of African Art, Belgrade, 2022) and On Perseverance (CZKD, 2021).