MEMORY MAPPING KOSOVO 2014/2015/2016

„Memory Mapping Kosovo” is a project implemented in partnership between forumZFD – Kosovo Program, Alter Habitus: Institute for Studies in Culture and Society, and University Program for Gender Studies and Research, University of Prishtina.

The project gathers social scientists/students, artists and civil society activists to explore and contrast practices and sites of memory in Kosovo, and elaborate topics and events which played crucial role in the process of memorialization.

It aims at analyzing and scrutinizing private and public memory sites in Kosovo, by contrasting them with the established historical narrative and archive material, to ultimately produce a multi-perspective understanding of memory and memorialization in Kosovo, and thus contribute to a constructive debate on Dealing with the Past. In addition, the project invites local, regional and international academics to discuss in public and collaboratively work in an academic publication focusing the topic of memorialization.

Activities include: ateliers on and memorials and sights built during Ottoman Empire rule in Balkans, socialist Yugoslavia, 90’ peaceful resistance, armed conflict and post-conflict era, also on activism and memories of women, sidelined or marginalized memories, social movements, etc., master classes and conferences with (local, regional and international) scholars, researches, CSO, artists etc. publications, websites etc.

 

MEMORY LAB

The trans-European exchange platform “Memory Lab” brings together organizations, institutions and persons working on memory sites and remembrance education in the Western Balkans and in Western/Central Europe, and promotes thereby exchange, cooperation and critical understanding of remembrance and history in Europe. In this framework, the annual study trips and workshops are particular important occasions for mutual learning through the sharing of experiences and practices. The platform and the annual meetings aim to overcome existing gaps of knowledge, to strengthen constructive dealing-with-the-past-approaches as means for sustainable peace-and democracy-building, and to contribute to cooperation and understanding processes within South Eastern Europe and Europe in general and to the integration of the countries of the former Yugoslavia into a shared European civil society and memory space.

Activities, in the course of 2014 – 2015, included two study visits: In 2014, “Memory Lab” the fifth annual study trip and workshop took place in Kosovo (Pristhina, Gazimesta and Prekaz) and Macedonia (Skopje, Tetovo, Neprosteno, Zajas). The sixth study visit and workshop took place in Belgium (October 2015) focusing on Colonialist Memory and the Memory of WWI.

 

I WANT TO BE HEARD – Oral History Project with women victims of torture

The project aims at collecting, documenting and publishing stories of individual fates and sufferings of tortured women during and after the last war in Kosovo, that moreover contribute to the process of dealing with the past, social and transitional justice and simultaneously will be available for academic research, human rights activists, watchdog and advocacy groups, policy makers, scholars and artists as a sustainable source.

The project collects 10 different stories of experiences of women tortured in war, through stakeholders and organizations already engaged in direct work on rehabilitation and support. This project is implemented in partnership between forumZFD and Integra.

 

ARTS AND CULTURE IN D.W.P – REGIONAL APPROACH (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)

Art and Culture in DwP – Regional Approach (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)” is an art and culture project initiated by forumZFD Kosovo Program, in close partnership with “Dokufest” – The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo; Center for contemporary art “Varg e vi” – Kosovo; Ars Acta, Macedonia; Initiative for contemporary art and theory (ICAT), Serbia; and Crvena, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unerasable gathered the already existing groups of artists (visual and contemporary) from the Region of Western Balkans and the Netherlands who are, in one way or another, working in the topic of memory and memorialization. The project opened an active exchange between artists from Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Netherlands, and civil society and academia, and examine national, transnational and European cultural memory discourses in post-war former Yugoslavia and Europe. Through creative dialogue and an active exchange between the artists from the Western Balkans and Europe, selected artistic and cultural worked on memory and DwP in a joint exhibition as part of Dokufest.

The project “Art and Culture in DwP – Regional Approach (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)”, is devoted to the mediums of deconstructive and contemporary arts, cross-country (Western Balkans and Europe) collaborative work, collective memory and constructive reflection on history and the past. The initiative aims at using visual and contemporary art as a tool to questioning the past events, social and political discourses, and provoke discussions on the topics related to the past, the conflict and regimes, and how the certain events are now shaping new perceptions about the past and the way we deal with them. This project is to enhance cooperation between countries of Western Balkans by improving quality of life of citizens through increase of the socio-economic activities, art and culture initiatives promoting intercultural dialogue and stronger cooperation between local communities.

 

Activities included:

  • 1st planning workshop in Prizren (March 2015)
  • 2nd planning workshop in Prizren (July 2015)
  • Preparation of the exhibition
  • Opening ceremony
  • Media and PR

 

People and Memories Talk – Kosovo Edition

Project “People and Memories Talk – Kosovo Edition” aim is to comfortably construct society general understanding and importance of documentation of individual and collective war stories, contribution on historiography by using individual stories, responding to victim’s needs, understanding and empathizing with people which physically or materially were victimized and will raise awareness among society and institutional representatives to give more efforts on finding missing persons and bringing to justice perpetrators who were engaged on crime committing. Of all popular media, television illustrates the power of mass communication to inform, educate and influence the public.

Especially, documentary films have grown popularity and impact, affecting social and political change, as well as introducing audiences to campaigns, ideas and individuals. Since dealing with the past and transitional justice is such a sensitive process to the post-war societies, Integra has use media, visual documentation and creative approach to collect true memories of victims of the latest war and post war in Kosovo 1997-2003. Also, through the project, Integra intents to use visual documentation, chronological and constructive storytelling, and web platforms to collect true memories of victims in order to provide a lasting resource for human rights activists, advocacy and watchdog groups, policy makers, researchers, and content creators. Integra has managed to produce a 60 Narrative Documentary Films (production continues) with stories of Kosovo victims from different ethnicities. The broadcasting of Narrative Documentary Films “People and Memories Talk” was realized in national based television, KTV, in a serial format, every Monday. This project is implemented by Integra.

 

People and Memories Talk – Regional Edition

It is proven that identification and solidarity with members of the same community accused of war crimes is very strong, while members of other communities suspected of committing war crimes are accused arbitrarily.

There is therefore a need to create a regional public platform to document and publish the stories of victims of war crimes during the recent wars/conflicts in the region and disseminate these stories widely across the region, thereby contributing to building up a strong base for peace in the region. Such a platform can eventually trigger empathy from the public and respect and solidarity with not only the victims with whom the public already sympathizes but also with those whom they were unable to recognize in the past. It puts what is the most important back in the spotlight: The unique stories of the victims, disregarding their membership to a group of individuals.

“People and Memories Talk – Regional Edition” project consists in the collection of unique destinies and histories of civil victims from ex-Yugoslavia countries, in the format of short narrative documentary films for serial broadcasting on television channels across the region. Because of the previous events in the region and the current political circumstances (newly formed states as a result of the breakup of the ex-Yugoslavia), the process of Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the ex-Yugoslavia requires a regional approach. Through the production of narrative documentary films on individual victims of the conflict, a broad public across the region should hear memories of victims from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia.

A regional approach will not only restore the dignity to victims and their families, but also contribute to mutual understanding and empathy between victims across borders and foster greater understanding and tolerance between societies. The video productions are broadcasted through TV channels and online platform. This project is implemented by Integra.

MEMORY MAPPING KOSOVO 2014/2015/2016

„Memory Mapping Kosovo” is a project implemented in partnership between forumZFD – Kosovo Program, Alter Habitus: Institute for Studies in Culture and Society, and University Program for Gender Studies and Research, University of Prishtina.

The project gathers social scientists/students, artists and civil society activists to explore and contrast practices and sites of memory in Kosovo, and elaborate topics and events which played crucial role in the process of memorialization.

It aims at analyzing and scrutinizing private and public memory sites in Kosovo, by contrasting them with the established historical narrative and archive material, to ultimately produce a multi-perspective understanding of memory and memorialization in Kosovo, and thus contribute to a constructive debate on Dealing with the Past. In addition, the project invites local, regional and international academics to discuss in public and collaboratively work in an academic publication focusing the topic of memorialization.

Activities include: ateliers on and memorials and sights built during Ottoman Empire rule in Balkans, socialist Yugoslavia, 90’ peaceful resistance, armed conflict and post-conflict era, also on activism and memories of women, sidelined or marginalized memories, social movements, etc., master classes and conferences with (local, regional and international) scholars, researches, CSO, artists etc. publications, websites etc.

 

MEMORY LAB

The trans-European exchange platform “Memory Lab” brings together organizations, institutions and persons working on memory sites and remembrance education in the Western Balkans and in Western/Central Europe, and promotes thereby exchange, cooperation and critical understanding of remembrance and history in Europe. In this framework, the annual study trips and workshops are particular important occasions for mutual learning through the sharing of experiences and practices. The platform and the annual meetings aim to overcome existing gaps of knowledge, to strengthen constructive dealing-with-the-past-approaches as means for sustainable peace-and democracy-building, and to contribute to cooperation and understanding processes within South Eastern Europe and Europe in general and to the integration of the countries of the former Yugoslavia into a shared European civil society and memory space.

Activities, in the course of 2014 – 2015, included two study visits: In 2014, “Memory Lab” the fifth annual study trip and workshop took place in Kosovo (Pristhina, Gazimesta and Prekaz) and Macedonia (Skopje, Tetovo, Neprosteno, Zajas). The sixth study visit and workshop took place in Belgium (October 2015) focusing on Colonialist Memory and the Memory of WWI.

 

I WANT TO BE HEARD – Oral History Project with women victims of torture

The project aims at collecting, documenting and publishing stories of individual fates and sufferings of tortured women during and after the last war in Kosovo, that moreover contribute to the process of dealing with the past, social and transitional justice and simultaneously will be available for academic research, human rights activists, watchdog and advocacy groups, policy makers, scholars and artists as a sustainable source.

The project collects 10 different stories of experiences of women tortured in war, through stakeholders and organizations already engaged in direct work on rehabilitation and support. This project is implemented in partnership between forumZFD and Integra.

 

ARTS AND CULTURE IN D.W.P – REGIONAL APPROACH (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)

Art and Culture in DwP – Regional Approach (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)” is an art and culture project initiated by forumZFD Kosovo Program, in close partnership with “Dokufest” – The International Documentary and Short Film Festival, Kosovo; Center for contemporary art “Varg e vi” – Kosovo; Ars Acta, Macedonia; Initiative for contemporary art and theory (ICAT), Serbia; and Crvena, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Unerasable gathered the already existing groups of artists (visual and contemporary) from the Region of Western Balkans and the Netherlands who are, in one way or another, working in the topic of memory and memorialization. The project opened an active exchange between artists from Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Netherlands, and civil society and academia, and examine national, transnational and European cultural memory discourses in post-war former Yugoslavia and Europe. Through creative dialogue and an active exchange between the artists from the Western Balkans and Europe, selected artistic and cultural worked on memory and DwP in a joint exhibition as part of Dokufest.

The project “Art and Culture in DwP – Regional Approach (“Unerasable” Group Exhibition)”, is devoted to the mediums of deconstructive and contemporary arts, cross-country (Western Balkans and Europe) collaborative work, collective memory and constructive reflection on history and the past. The initiative aims at using visual and contemporary art as a tool to questioning the past events, social and political discourses, and provoke discussions on the topics related to the past, the conflict and regimes, and how the certain events are now shaping new perceptions about the past and the way we deal with them. This project is to enhance cooperation between countries of Western Balkans by improving quality of life of citizens through increase of the socio-economic activities, art and culture initiatives promoting intercultural dialogue and stronger cooperation between local communities.

 

Activities included:

  • 1st planning workshop in Prizren (March 2015)
  • 2nd planning workshop in Prizren (July 2015)
  • Preparation of the exhibition
  • Opening ceremony
  • Media and PR

 

People and Memories Talk – Kosovo Edition

Project “People and Memories Talk – Kosovo Edition” aim is to comfortably construct society general understanding and importance of documentation of individual and collective war stories, contribution on historiography by using individual stories, responding to victim’s needs, understanding and empathizing with people which physically or materially were victimized and will raise awareness among society and institutional representatives to give more efforts on finding missing persons and bringing to justice perpetrators who were engaged on crime committing. Of all popular media, television illustrates the power of mass communication to inform, educate and influence the public.

Especially, documentary films have grown popularity and impact, affecting social and political change, as well as introducing audiences to campaigns, ideas and individuals. Since dealing with the past and transitional justice is such a sensitive process to the post-war societies, Integra has use media, visual documentation and creative approach to collect true memories of victims of the latest war and post war in Kosovo 1997-2003. Also, through the project, Integra intents to use visual documentation, chronological and constructive storytelling, and web platforms to collect true memories of victims in order to provide a lasting resource for human rights activists, advocacy and watchdog groups, policy makers, researchers, and content creators. Integra has managed to produce a 60 Narrative Documentary Films (production continues) with stories of Kosovo victims from different ethnicities. The broadcasting of Narrative Documentary Films “People and Memories Talk” was realized in national based television, KTV, in a serial format, every Monday. This project is implemented by Integra.

 

People and Memories Talk – Regional Edition

It is proven that identification and solidarity with members of the same community accused of war crimes is very strong, while members of other communities suspected of committing war crimes are accused arbitrarily.

There is therefore a need to create a regional public platform to document and publish the stories of victims of war crimes during the recent wars/conflicts in the region and disseminate these stories widely across the region, thereby contributing to building up a strong base for peace in the region. Such a platform can eventually trigger empathy from the public and respect and solidarity with not only the victims with whom the public already sympathizes but also with those whom they were unable to recognize in the past. It puts what is the most important back in the spotlight: The unique stories of the victims, disregarding their membership to a group of individuals.

“People and Memories Talk – Regional Edition” project consists in the collection of unique destinies and histories of civil victims from ex-Yugoslavia countries, in the format of short narrative documentary films for serial broadcasting on television channels across the region. Because of the previous events in the region and the current political circumstances (newly formed states as a result of the breakup of the ex-Yugoslavia), the process of Dealing with the Past and Transitional Justice in the ex-Yugoslavia requires a regional approach. Through the production of narrative documentary films on individual victims of the conflict, a broad public across the region should hear memories of victims from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia and Macedonia.

A regional approach will not only restore the dignity to victims and their families, but also contribute to mutual understanding and empathy between victims across borders and foster greater understanding and tolerance between societies. The video productions are broadcasted through TV channels and online platform. This project is implemented by Integra.