The Culture Lobby: An Archive of Cultural Memory

Artists: Ana Adamović (Belgrade), Cindy Blažević (Toronto/Zagreb), Aleksandar Grozdanovski (Skopje),
Armand Habazaj (Tirana), Astrit Ibrahimi (Prishtina), Amer Kapetanović (Sarajevo), Imrana Kapetanović
(Sarajevo), Dorijan Kolundžija (Belgrade), Duško Miljanić (Podgorica), Atdhe Mulla (Prishtina), Pascal
Paquette (Toronto), Lazar Pejović (Podgorica), Leonard Qylafi (Tirana), Nives Sertić (Zagreb), Nebojša
Slijepčević (Zagreb), Ryan Taylor (Toronto), Lupćo Temelkovski (Bitola).
Authors: Cindy Blažević (Toronto/Zagreb) and Pascal Paquette (Toronto).
Curators: Milica Pekić (Belgrade) in collaboration with Ivana Bago (Zagreb), Julia Farrington (London), Asja
Hafner (Sarajevo), Biljana Isijanin (Bitola), Alketa Kurrizo (Tirana), Dren Maliqi (Prishtina), Svetlana Sošić
(Podgorica), Valbona Shujaku (Prishtina).

KIOSK platform for contemporary art is pleased to announce the launch of The Culture Lobby project and the
inaugural exhibitions in Belgrade and Prishtina. The touring exhibit will travel to Sarajevo, Skopje, Tirana and
Zagreb in summer/autumn 2010.
The Culture Lobby is a collective portrait of the territories of the Western Balkans that have yet to join the European
Union, the product of a three-year photographic project by KIOSK in collaboration with the Sarajevo Centre for
Contemporary Art (Sarajevo), G-MK | Galerija Miroslav Kraljević (Zagreb), Cultural Centre Lindart (Tirana),
Laboratory for Visual Arts | LAB (Prishtina), ProStory (Podgorica), Center for Contemporary Public Art Elementi
(Bitola) and Index on Censorship (London, UK).
The project is an initiative to create a participatory active archive of cultural memory in the Western Balkans during
this moment of transition, by documenting visually and aurally what citizens think will change or disappear when
their territory joins the EU.
Materials gathered will be presented on a range of platforms from a comprehensive website, to advertising panels on
buses, to pages of national newspapers and a self-supporting structure that will travel from piazza to piazza. A
gallery-specific program and symposium will accompany the public presentations in each city. The archive will be
housed permanently on a ground-breaking website that allows users to travel the region and experience for
themselves the +400 answers received throughout the region.
“In his 1995 book Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida suggested that participation in the archive is essential to the control of memory
and the effective democratisation of society. In recent years, many artists, from Thomas Hirschhorn in his elaborate installations,
to The Atlas Group in their distilled photographic presentations, have addressed ideas concerning the archive and attempted to
challenge its implied authority and claim to truth. These artists collaborate with others to create repositories of information that
their audiences are then invited to explore, to discover and, most importantly, to question. The endeavours of The Culture Lobby
can be seen in this light; through its contributors’ practice, the pedestrian, the commuter, the consumer, but above all the citizen,
adopt an agency in relation to these new notions of the archive, and in so doing engage in inscribing their own meanings where
they have passed, looked, read, spoken, thought.”

Belgrade, Podgorica, Prishtina, Skopje, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Tirana

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