Art and political space in Europe: Alliances with civil society and strategies for collaboration – Another Europe More Europe #2

28 feb 2018
Another Europe More Europe #2

Making of Petrit Halilaj: Astronauts Saw My Work and Started Laughing at Stacion - Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina.

With this second round table on culture in Europe, we try to understand the actual political and social context in which artists and organizations are working in Central and South-East Europe and how engaged initiatives reconnect with civil society and reinvent institutional models. Tendencies of nationalism and populism are the case all over Europe. What can we learn from each other, what are the needs of art initiatives in Central and South-East Europe and how can we work together?


Met deze tweede rondetafel over cultuur in Europa proberen we de actuele politieke en sociale context te begrijpen waarin kunstenaars en organisaties in Centraal- en Zuid-Oost-Europa werken. Hoe zoeken geëngageerde initiatieven opnieuw aansluiting bij de civiele samenleving en hoe herdenken ze institutionele modellen? Nationalistische en populistische tendensen zijn overal aan de hand in Europa. Wat kunnen we leren van elkaar, wat zijn de noden van kunstinitiatieven in Centraal- en Zuid-Oost-Europa en hoe kunnen we samenwerken?

Programma / Programme

Openingskeynote / Opening keynote

Prof. Milena Dragićević Šešić, UNESCO Chair in cultural policy and management at University of Arts, Belgrade

Milena Dragićević Šešić explains the role of the Independent cultural organizations in the transition of an emerging civil society in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, by working context-based, critically engaged and being at the same time internationally connected, making them as true actors of social and cultural change.

Presentaties door / Presentations by

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina (Kosovo): Albert Heta, director

Stacion is an artist-initiative with clear social and political intents for the advance and emancipation of the contemporary art scene and cultural environment of Kosova, meant for artists, architects, thinkers, designers, critics and other sociopolitical workers committed in responding on relevant challenges of the contemporary society.

OFF-biennale Budapest (Hungary): Hajnalka Somogyi, director

OFF-biennale Budapest is the largest civil, independent arts initiative in Hungary, based on self-organization and a voluntary collaboration of artists, curators, gallerists, collectors and citizens.

Jadro Association Press to Exit Project Space, Skopje (Macedonia): Yane Calovski

Jadro is an association of the independent cultural scene in Macedonia working on advocacy, and is establishing a socio-cultural centre in Skopje in cooperation with local municipality as a new model of co-governance in a new institutional framework.

Istanbul Foundation for Art and Culture IKSV (Turkey): Bige Örer, director Istanbul Biennial

IKSV is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1973 by 17 businessmen and art appreciators under the leadership of Dr. Nejat F. Eczacıbaşı and organizes four annual festivals (Music, Film, Theater, and Jazz) and two biennials (Istanbul and Istanbul Design) as well as numerous art and cultural events throughout the year.

Fabrica de PensuleCluj-Napoca (Romania): Corina Bucea, cultural manager

Independent and collective initiative which brings ideas, events and projects together of cultural organizations, galleries, producers and independent artists in Cluj as a reaction to the local lack of production and presentation spaces in the city, converting an industrial building into a cultural space.

Curator Diana Marincu (Fabrica de Pensule) explains the visual arts scene in Romania and it’s artistic answers to the current social and political context.

Plaats & tijdstip / Location & time

BOZAR Mezzanine, Ravensteingalerie 50, 1000 Brussels
28 February, 14h-18h (Registration starts at 13h30)

Organisatie / Organisation

Kunstenpunt in collaboration with BOZAR

Taal / Language



Dirk De Wit