New Use of Inactive Buildings:
a Model of Civic Engagement in Service of the Local Development
The Project CONCRETE SPACES is aimed at awareness raising on industrial heritage of Belgrade as important component of its urban and cultural identity and at inciting youth activism and engagement in changing and improving their living surroundings.
The Project is based on the premise that art has great potential as generator of societal development and that it can contribute to connecting and joining people in actions that are directed towards improving conditions and quality of life. Therefore, the Project as a whole is envisaged as community-based art action that is being conceptualized, prepared and implemented by group of young people supported by artists and cultural operators and that will result in a public art intervention.
The main project activity is a multidisciplinary educational program My Wall, My Neighbourhood, My City! which is realised through a set of interactive workshops and painting of two graffiti murals on the walls of vacant industrial building of the Belgrade cotton factory (Beogradski pamučni kombinat). Painting of the murals will represent act of civic engagement aimed at public space transformation and achieving positive change in existing environmental and socio-cultural context.
By advocating necessity for responsible attitude of individuals and communities towards their surroundings and cultural heritage, the Project explores inactive public spaces and buildings in the city, their particular energy and atmosphere and significance they had or may have for the community. Together with this, by examining possible effects and contribution of different artistic practices in changing, transforming and enlivening the public space, the Project opens space for fulfilment of social role of artist in awareness raising on the need for proactive social engagement of all individuals and their participation in beautification of their living surroundings and improvement of life in the community.
Aleksandra Petković (artist); Aleksandar Slivnjak (artist); Slavica Radišić (art historian); Snežana Krstanović (cultural manager); Dušica Dražić (artist); Aleksandra Cvetanovski (student at the High school for design, Belgrade); Ana Toljić (student at the High school for architecture, Belgrade); Bojana Obradović (final year student at the College for textile design, technology and management, Belgrade); Iva Kolundžija (student at the Faculty of Applied Arts, Belgrade); Miloš Đuran (student at the High school for design, Belgrade); Nataša Stojanović (final year student at the College for textile design, technology and management, Belgrade); Nemanja Halilović (student at the High school for architecture, Belgrade); Ognjen Kostić (student at the High school for architecture, Belgrade); Saša Popović (student at the High school for architecture, Belgrade); Stefan Begović (student at the High school for architecture, Belgrade).
The Project is realised in cooperation with the Palilula Municipality Youth Office and BELGRADE:NONPLACES – International exhibition of the Museum of Contemporary Art Belgrade with support of the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade, Palilula Municipality, ERSTE Bank a.d. Novi Sad.
KulturKlammer owes gratitude to DELTA Real Estate for allowing usage of the walls for painting graffiti murals.