• Public Session of Course 7: Discussion About an Artwork with Qëndresë Deda
Public Session of Course 7: Discussion About an Artwork with Qëndresë Deda

Public Session of Course 7: Discussion About an Artwork by Milica Tomić and Branimir Stojanović with Qëndresë Deda
July 19, 2018, 19:00
Venue: Boxing Club

Summer School as School
July 16 – August 2, 2018

Stacion – Center for Contemporary Art Prishtina is pleased to announce the Public Session of Course 7 “Discussion about an Artwork” by Milica Tomic and Branimir Stojanovic with Qëndresë Deda, part of Summer School as School 2018 Public Program.

“Discussion About an Artwork”, structured as Course 7 of Summer School as School 2018, deals with the history and ramifications of the 2000 “Discussion about an Artwork” (DAA), organised in Belgrade by Milica Tomić and Branimir Stojanović. DAA was inspired by Tomić’s visit to Budapest in 2000 for an artist talk organised by artist collective “Little Warsaw” (Andras Galik and Balint Havas), which included a series of informal, non-institutional events in a residential building entrance hall in downtown Budapest. “Little Warsaw” invited artists to present and discuss their work in order to review and develop “informal and non-institutional thinking” on contemporary art production. Inspired by this model, DAA in Belgrade sought to produce a space for open, critical and engaged discussion by analysing art production, exhibiting politics and interpretation within the dominant socio-political, economic and ideological context of the end of the Yugoslav wars and the ideology of reconciliation in its neoliberal form. It questioned if the art scene in Serbia, which emerged within a non-official critical art framework, was able to continue within a system implicated in the production and perpetuation of war, violence and terror shaping the public sphere and reproducing dominant discourse; DAA closely looked at the ways this was reflected in the artwork itself. DAA soon turned into a collective endeavour in which different authors organised and developed the project further by following particular rules: one project, one discussion, no moderator and no documentation to let the project unfold in its own, unexpected way**.

Qëndresë Deda (1988) was born in Prishtina, Graduated at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Prishtine, Department of Graphic Design (2008-2010). Currently student of University of Ljubljana, Academy of Fine Arts and Design - department of Video and New media.

Qëndresë Deda is an artist who works across different media usually putting herself in a role of an object and subject. When using photography she treats camera as a mirror. Although her works appear to be very personal and intimate she deals with the phenomena of her immediate surroundings. The photographs from the D series, made during the period of five years, documents and depicts wishes, dreams, fears and nothingness. She mostly used Facebook space to present them.

List of few solo and group exhibitions include: Perspektiva 2010, curated by Erzen Shkololli, Tetris - Space for Manipulation, Prishtina, Right Turn - Turn Right, curated by Lulezim Zeqiri, Traffic Gallery, Prishtina, D with Qendresa Deda - Curatorial by Albert Heta - 16/12/2010 - 29/1/2011 , The XV Biennale de la Mediterranée – Symbiosis – Thessaloniki 2011, Alone together: photography and the other, Gjon Mili Prize, Gallery of Arts of Kosova, 13.09.2013 – 13.10.2013, curated by Frits Gierstberg, Prishtina, AFTERMATH - CHANGING CULTURAL LANDSCAPE - Tendencies of engaged Post-Yugoslavian Contemporary Photography, Selection of artists from Kosova, It Doesn't always have to be beautiful unless it's beautiful, Muslim Mulliqi Prize , Gallery of Arts of Kosova,30.05.2012 – 30.07.2012 , curated by Galit Eilat & Charles Esche, May 2012, Prishtina, Here And There, solo, March 27. 2014 - April 25. 2014 - Cultural Center Tobacna 001 - curator: Alenka Trebušak, Artists of tomorrow Award (finalist) - GAK – 2014, Hajde! (Part II) Exchange program for young artists from Kosovo at Villa Romana – March 2015, Do you want something sweet? - Obalne galerije Piran (group exhibition) May 2015, Biennial of graphic arts Ljubljana ( 28 August - 3 December 2015), Artists of tomorrow Award (finaist) – Stacion CCA Prishtina, 2016.

Milica Tomić is an artist and Head of the IZK-Institute for Contemporary Art (TU Graz). She is a founding member of the Yugoslav studies and art/theory group "Grupa Spomenik" [Monument Group, 2002] and she conceived and initiated the cross-disciplinary project Four Faces of Omarska [2010]. She has had exhibitions at House of World Cultures, Berlin; Whitney Museum of American Art; Kunsthalle Vienna; MUMOK Vienna; KIASMA Helsinki; Venice Biennale; Sydney Biennale; and International Istanbul Biennial, among other venues.

Branimir Stojanović (1958) lives and works in Belgrade. In his work situated between philosophy, psychoanalysis and art, he deals with practices of writing and conceptual political intervetions in a institutional philosophical contexts, art and psychoanalysis. He is the founder and a member of the self-educated platform, archive of Yugoslav humanisitic, Ignorant School master and his committees (2010-2015), member of the artsistc Monument Group (2004-2013), founder and lecturer in School for history and theory of art (1999-2003), member of Belgrade society of psychoanalysts (2002). Since 1980 he publishes texts and esyes for the fied of philosophy, theory of psychoanalysis, criticism of ideology and theory of art.