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Women Protests during the 1990ies in Kosovo: Visual Representations of Lost Memories

Dates: 28 March – 1 April 2013, presentation: 3 April 2013
Location: Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina
Led by: Linda Gusia (social scientist); Shelbatra Jashari (conceptual artist)

The atelier offers space for creative explorations on women protests during the 1990ies in Kosovo, focusing on visual representations of the protests and stories of women who took part in these protests.The visualization of vital discussions related to these protests led by a known artist and academic from Kosovo will steer public discussions and will document archive material and information around this phenomenon.

Linda Gusia will present insights into her research elaborating on the conceptual framework of feminism, cultural memory and civil resistance. Shelbatra Jashari will employ silence as a modus operandi for the atelier to dialogue with the images and sounds of the protests.

The atelier asks questions and tries to find poetic means for expressing answers in collaborative efforts to revisit the past and examine critically the existence of these images, as remnants of pure immaterial proof of agency and activism. The atelier will explore the actual effect of these civil right protests and the significances of gendered discourse in the movement, considering in particular the symbolisms used by women. The creative explorations during the atelier will examine the representation of women through their visibility and invisibility in Kosovar society by revisiting the past and examining the current situation.

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About Linda Gusia:

Linda Gusia holds an MA in Sociology of New York University. She is currently working on a research for her PhD on Gender Representation and Public Space, studying public spaces, performances and representations of gender identities. Her research is influenced by theories for feminism, urbanism and post-colonial studies and focuses on the  war rapes and women involvement in nationalist movements.  She is a Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, University of Prishtina, also teaches Sociology at American University of Kosova.

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About Shelbatra Jashari:

Shelbatra Jashari (born in Prishtina, Kosovo) is an actress, audiovisual artist and performer working within the fields of film, movement, sound and space and focusing on the sculptural qualities of the body, the human condition and the representation thereof in various political and thinking systems as main points of interest. She mastered in audiovisual arts at the Hogeschool Sint Lukas Brussels with a body of work researching the independent cellulloid film tradition and the historical roots of the illusional arts called cinema.

Her main points of thematic research centered around the visual representation of the human body and the different politics and strategies used therein in West East North South, communism/capitalism/orientalism. Metamorphosis, myth, literary and audiovisual tradition, the interpretation of history and its misuse into various political systems were themes for creating narratives of esthetical visual experience expressed in installations and short films. 

Her film work has been screened worldwide and awarded at the Courtisane filmfestival in Belgium in 2004 and 2007. After years of collaborations with various international artists, theatermakers and art organisations, she is currently designing her performative body of work based on encompassing the relationship between the human body and its transformative/animalistic elements, physical endurance, meditative practices and philosophies. This through different techniques and traditions such as martial arts, dance, yoga and photographic modelling. “My work is developed through the never-ending story on the choice of the right space, time and material/medium so that synthesis can take place between the body, the created image and the external environment. It’s about finding the perfect moment and entanglement for separate entities to become one, about looking for the higher connection between space, time and character-development.”

Members of the Atelier:

Astrit Ismaili

Blerta Ismaili

Donjeta Murati

Haveit Theatre

Jetmir Idrizi

Valbardha Buza

Vesa Qena

Insights into the Atelier:

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Insights Web 1 Insights Web 2

PRESS RELEASE

31 March 2013

[Silence] Revisiting women’s civil activism in the 90ies in Kosovo

DAY OF OPEN ATELIER

On the 3rd of April, at 7pm, forumZFD and Stacion – Center for Contemporary Arts Prishtina are opening the atelier for people interested into women protests during the 1990ies in Kosovo. The 5-day atelier “[Silence] Revisiting women’s civil activism in the 90ies in Kosovo” offered space for creative explorations on archive material and information around this phenomenon, focusing on visual representations of the protests and stories of women who took part in these protests. The atelier was led by Linda Gusia, social scientist, who elaborated on the conceptual framework of feminism, cultural memory and civil resistance; and Shelbatra Jashari, conceptual artist, who brought in different examples of women representation in conceptual art. The atelier has asked questions and tried to find poetic means for expressing answers in collaborative efforts to revisit the past of agency and activism. The atelier explored the significances of gendered discourse in the movement, considering in particular the symbolisms used by women.

During the day of open atelier, visitors will get an insight into the findings of these explorations in the work of Astrit Ismaili, Blerta Ismaili, Donjeta Murati, Haveit Theater, Jetmir Idrizi, Valbardha Buza and Vesa Qena.

forumZFD wants to initiate constructive debates on dealing with the past in Kosovo. With the current art based action 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. The next ateliers to come will focus on war rapes, the artistic representation of victim stories and the education system during the 1990ies in Kosovo.

This atelier is organized in collaboration with Stacion – Center for Contemporary Arts Prishtina.

Contact: basha@forumzfd.de; felber@forumzfd.de (049/618624)

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