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“Recollecting the Past in Kosovo: Cultural Memory between Facts and Fiction”

The initiative understands cultural memory as a process of recollecting the past that is constantly switching between facts and fiction, between documentation and imagination, between archival memory and repertoire, between passively stored and actively circulated memory. The research focuses on visual and performing art works in Kosovo that make use of archival material. Its main question is: What happens in the space between fact and fiction? How much is documented and how much created?

The research includes 5 ateliers, a festival and an online publication at the end of the year. The ateliers are conceptualized around documentary photography, conceptual art, graphic novel or documentary theater and focus on topics like monuments, women protests in the 1990ies, war rapes, artist’s representations of victims, or the education system in the 1990ies. The creative usage of archive material is in their center.

The art-based action research aims at exploring the role of arts in dealing with the past, at initiating critical discussions on history fabrication as well as at linking artists, academics and civil society in this field.

forumZFD wants to initiate constructive debates on dealing with the past in Kosovo. With the current research, entitled “Recollecting the Past in Kosovo: Cultural Memory between Facts and Fiction”, forumZFD wants to focus on chapters of Kosovo’s past which have been largely unexplored or which do not find their way into nowadays debates.

Confirmed Presentations:

International Conference “Cultural Memory”, 3-5 September 2013, Skopje/Macedonia, Center for Culture and Cultural Studies (CCCS)

Led by:

Jane Viola Felber, forumZFD Kosovo; felber@forumzfd.de

Doruntina Basha, forumZFD Kosovo; basha@forumzfd.de

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