Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale_ open call


Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale

Tirana – Durrës, May 4th to 9th 2017


Deadline: Friday, January 20th 2017 (noon/CET)

BJCEM and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Albania announce the launch of Mediterranea 18 Young Artists Biennale, an international multidisciplinary event, that takes place in Tirana and Durrës, Albania, from May 4th to May 9th 2017.

Started in 1985, the Biennale takes place every two years in a different city in the Mediterranean area and focuses on young artists and creators. BJCEM is an international network with more than 60 members and partners from Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

In 2016, Slobodne veze/ Loose associations became  the member of the BJCEM network from Croatia and take part at Mediterranea 18 through the special project- Motel Trogir : The East is West of the West, curated by Slobodne veze/Loose Associations, as well as through facilitating the selection of one more artist from Croatia who will independently take part in the Biennial next May.

The call is open to visual artists and writers, from 18 to 34 years old (born from January 1st 1982).

Artists interested to apply should send:

Visual Art: A complete dossier related to the work including images and useful information to help the juries during the selection process.

Literary Creation: Send the texts or the concept.

Selected artists will be hosted in Tirana – Durrës from May 4th until May 9th 2017 included. During these days their works will be displayed in specific venues of the two cities. The exhibitions will remain open to the public until May 28th 2017.

The deadline for applications is January 20th 2017, noon (CET Italian time).

The artistic director of the MEDITERRANEA 18 is Driant Zeneli who articulated the topic of this year’s biennial (“HOME” consisting of views on history, conflict, dream and failure), while one of  the (visual arts) curator(s) is Maja Ćirić whose statement you may find below:

The conflicts, crisis and oppressions that have been present in the long historical term now call for the redefinition of the imaginary. For example, the once Orientalized perception of the Middle East, appropriated by harsh reality, resulted with a brutalized image of the Mediterranean that needs to be rearticulated.
The age bracket of BJCEM coincides with the age demographics that advertising aims to instrumentalise for the overproduction of material goods and thus the inherited (controversial) vision of the region at stake.
However, most artists under the age of 35 constitute the precarious, nomadic, yet radical force of the society that is capable of tackling the conflicts, crisis and oppressions from a non-compromising standpoint. The times call for a meaningful artistic action to clearly and defiantly suggest a way of dealing, beyond divisions, with the complexities of the Mediterranean.
The home in the decadent world might be a shelter, a mansion or a place for domestic labor, but it is always the smallest unit of power in the society that requires balance. It is also the sphere of conviviality that should be tackled in a way that it relates to the critical understanding of the contemporary condition.

The artists are expected to reflect upon the alternative conditions of artistic production and distribution that is capable of reviving the sense of belonging and proximity.
The call for proposals is widely open from the image-based media (painting, sculpture, photography, video, installation, digital art) to post-conceptual and discursive practices (installations, publications, audio, performance etc.).

Maja Ćirić – Mediterranea 18 Visual Art Curator

Please find more information about the concept of the Biennial and how to apply on this link:

The selected artist will be provided with two way plane ticket, accomodation in Tirana and subsistence during whole period of his/her stay in Tirana. Please note that there is no production budget, thus artists are encouraged to apply with already produced work.



City of Torino & the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union


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