TOWARDS MEDITERRANEA 18_ YOUNG ARTISTS BIENNALE IN TIRANA AND DURRËS (May 2017)
Fabbrica del Vapore, Milano
December 13-16, 2016
As part of the extensive, one year long program of the Young Artists Biennale (BJCEM), articulated in several stages, the MOTEL TROGIR artist in residence project, launched in summer 2016 under the title “THE EAST IS WEST OF THE WEST” will be presented in Milan, Fabbrica del Vapore, on December 13-16. The participating artists Katerina Duda, Katharina Swoboda, Pawel Khailo, Marko Salapura & Nikolas Ventourakis, will discuss and present their experiences, ideas (or work in progress), conceived during three days study visit in Trogir & Split last September, and through an on- line exchange with the members of the MOTEL TROGIR curatorial team.
BJCEM has launched a whole series of residencies, studio visits, collaborations and art development projects during 2016, trying to build the path from one edition of the Biennial to the following, the one which will take place in May 2017 in Tirana and Durres, Albania, as Mediterranea 18. Some of them actually began life in Milan during the Mediterranea 17 Young Artists Biennale, which took place at the Fabbrica del Vapore in October 2015 with exhibitions, performances, readings and workshops involving 300 artists from all round the Mediterranean.
To build on this work, the BJCEM network is organising a 4-day event – sponsored by Milan city council and supported by Creative Europe, a programme of the European Union – to present the results of the projects completed. This opportunity for discussion and interaction will bring over thirty artists and curators to Milan from more than 15 countries. The event will provide a useful stocktake of what has happened and enable us to kick-start potential developments for next year.
The same artists will present their projects in workshops, debates and lectures exploring experiences in fields from video (Come un mare fuor d’acqua #1 e #2, a project created in Milan and Brussels) and photography (Mediterranea Youth Photo, a series of residences for three photographers in Portugal, France and Italy) to research and study for young curators in San Marino, Montenegro, Kosovo and Malta (A Natural Oasis?). The event will also explore the results of other projects. Such as La Ville Ouverte / Mediterranean Landscapes, a programme of international residencies in Italy and Slovenia for five artists who have been working on the relationship between the collective imagination and the experience of public spaces in the Mediterranean area. Or Sulcis Hub, a residency in the town of Tratalias, Sardinia, where eight artists from Portugal, Spain, the USA, the UK, Italy, Turkey and Morocco have collaborated with local craftspeople to create pieces with a local flavour. Or Motel Trogir, “The East is West of the West”, a residency for five artists from Croatia, Ukraine, Serbia, Austria and Greece, who focused on the modernist architectural heritage on the eastern Adriatic coast, the one from the second half of 20th century, i.e. from the period of the socialist Yugoslavia.
All the events will be held in English and are open not only to the artists participating in the BJCEM projects but also to the local public and young creatives and students in Milan. An array of cultural and social organisations working to promote young artists in the Milan area will also be involved.
A full programme for the event is available in Italian and English at www.bjcem.org/on-the-edges-of-experiences-mediterranea-meetings.
The Motel Trogir project in 2016 has been supported by Kultura nova foundation (Zaklada Kultura nova), Ministry of culture of the Republic of Croatia, BJCEM & HBOR.