Face to Face - Imago Mundi - Luciano Benetton Collection

09 - 28 May 2017
Opening on Tuesday, 9 May at 6:00PM
Bosnian Cultural Center
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Dialogues, comparisons and bridges: 10x12 cm works by 900 artists compose the mosaic of contemporary creativity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia

An aesthetic and artistic composition made up of new and original visions from the most significant artists of seven of Europe’s most recent republics: “Face to Face,” the new stage in Imago Mundi’s journey, connects, unites, pushes back and compares, in a  exhibition hosted at the Bosnian Cultural Centre in Sarajevo, from 9th to 28th May.

It is no coincidence that Imago Mundi’s latest appointment takes place on 9th May, Europe Day, in Sarajevo, a key city for European and world history, evocative of cruel and painful wounds. The aspiration is to overcome borders, heal rifts and build new paths, channeling the creative energy of nearly 900 artists, who have come together in the name of a shared ideal of beauty.

The opening of the exhibition will be preceded by a roundtable, which will be held at 12pm/noon. The event aims to generate a conversation on the subject of contemporary art in these countries and will consist of three phases: an initial moment of dialogue between the curators of the collections; An Artist Talk, intended to foster an exchange of creative experiences between the artists coming from the 7 countries involved; and finally an exploration, from multiple perspectives, of artistic experience across the whole region.

Countries in which complex historical events, marked by the interchange and often restless – coexistence of different peoples, cultures and religions, have occurred in a mutable region composed of mountains, coastlines, rivers, islands and plains: the result is a cultural landscape whose defining feature is the bridge, that unites and invites encounters, because, in the words of Ivo Andrić, hope and the future often lie on “the other side.”

Thus, Imago Mundi brings the artists, their works and, by extension, the realities of belonging, “Face to Face”: in this encounter the parties are not divided and distant, but, by virtue of their differences, in fact, find common ground for constructive comparison and mutual growth.

Curators: Manuela Da Cortà and Adnan Hozo (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Mara Rondi (Croatia), Mehmet Behluli (Kosovo), Ana Frangovska (Macedonia), Mirjana Dabović Pejović (Montenegro), Saša Janjić (Serbia), Igor Španjol (Slovenia)

From Tuesday to Sunday / 10am-6pm
Free entry

Press Conference
Bosnian Cultural Center, Sarajevo
9 May, 11am

Round Table
Bosnian Cultural Center, Sarajevo
9 May, 12pm/noon – 5pm
Coordinated by Claudio Scorretti and Irina Ungureanu

Bosnian Cultural Center, Sarajevo
9 May, 6m

For more information:
Imago Mundi External Relations
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