Manifesta 14 Prishtina_Co- Producing Common Space and Shaping Formations of Solidarity in the Western Balkans and Beyond

Manifesta 14 Prishtina_Co- Producing Common Space and Shaping Formations of Solidarity in the Western Balkans and Beyond


Project Leader: Manifesta foundation, Netherlands

APSS Institut, Montenegro

European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, Germany

Institute of Contemporary Art, Bulgaria

Kosovo Architecture Foundation, Kosovo*

Meydan d.o.o., Serbia

Municipality of Prishtina, Kosovo*

NGO AKTIV, Kosovo*

Qendra Harabel, Albania

Muzej na sovremenata umetnost skopje, North Macedonia

RRITU, Kosovo*

Udruženje za postkonfliktna istraživanja, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Maximum grant awarded: 429,884.00 €

The International Foundation Manifesta (IFM), initiator of Europe’s only nomadic art biennial, is collaborating with the City of Prishtina to develop Manifesta 14 Prishtina, scheduled to take place in 2022. In an effort to demarginalize culture in Kosovo’s public policies, the City of Prishtina has reached out to Manifesta with an invitation to develop a qualitative and sustainable cultural action in close collaboration with regional partners. Organised at the occasion of Manifesta 14, the project M14WB aims at developing a cross-regional collaboration model which will result in the creation of a new cultural institution that researches, stimulates, and promotes processes of reconciliation. The envisioned institution will address cross-community relations and increase access to arts and education with specific attention to minority groups. The project bolsters international alliances and stimulates intercultural solidarity and regional reconciliation. Promoting critical and sustainable strategies of cultural memory and material preservation, the project is aimed at facilitating artistic co-creation among the partners in the Western Balkans. Building on the belief that democratic and pluralistic societies require independent cultural policies that encourage freedom of expression and are free from corruption, this project aims to advance regional co-production processes. Linking architecture, urban planning, human rights, arts and culture, the project animates the development of an interdisciplinary institution, while furthering social, cultural and technological innovation, cocreation, mobility, and cultural solutions. The partners, all with substantial experience in the domains of arts, urbanism, community and peace building, will jointly investigate and determine the role of the new cultural institution in the advancement of regional reconciliation, as well as stimulating innovative, inclusive, and reflective community-building throughout the Western Balkans.