NEWS - Lana Čmajčanin - visual artist

Kosovo 2.0. - Online and print magazine - Interview article by Dafina Halili

Interview article by Dafina Halili
October, 2016
Albanian, BHS and English language 

Alban Muja told me you two are working on a project together, called “The Kiss” that actually deals with the topic of visa regime between these two countries. Can you describe a little the project? Why do you think it is important to address this issue through artistic projects?

Indeed, The Kiss is the working title of our collaborative project. The project focuses on a problem of the current socio-political environment of the Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, social - realities after political transformation of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the fact that citizens of these two countries are facing systematic violations of freedom of movement as a fundamental human right and how it affect us in our daily life. 

Taking into consideration that direct political problems between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo have actually never existed and knowing that problem these two countries nowadays are facing is the aftermath of the war caused by the politics of Slobodan Milošević and Serbia in 1990’s, we are facing and living in a perverted political paradox where citizens of both countries - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo - are allowed to travel to Serbia without an entry visa but they are not allowed to travel without visa to each other’s country!?

The inability to meet on the geographical territory of one of our two birth countries (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) is giving us only one solution - to meet at the third location.

This “third place” is the space we are interested in examining within this project. 

Our very first point of the meeting is the ideologically densest place - the plateau in front of the Parliament in Belgrade, Serbia. The importance of this particular location is based on the fact that this location is a symbol of Milosevic’s politics in the ‘90s. 

The project touches the problematic on political and also very personal level through our experiences during 1990’s. Locations such as Parliament in Belgrade will be alternated into our intimate spaces.

The Kiss is about the intimacy that is considered political and the kiss is the main symbolical and identification point of the project.

With The Kiss, we are advocating a social role of artists and the inclusion of real life in art. As we know, art has a strong potential to become a channel to make narratives visible and present. We are interested in exploring how we can contemplate and produce a space for open, critical and engaged discussion about our socio-political realities and what can be done to advance them.  

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