Jasleen Kaur will be artist in residence at MIMA as part of New Mappings of Europe. Kaur’s work asks us to think about the malleable nature of culture. In Middlesbrough, she works with local women to make a space for conversations about place, relationships and knowledge.
Through a series of workshops based around food, we are working with a group of women based in the area to have conversations around culture, home, identity, family, friendships, health, care and connectivity. Through various activities we have made, drawn, spoken, tasted, mixed recipes, and shared a meal. The women involved are from different cultures and countries. Together with Jasleen we are making a product that represents the interests and ideas of the group. The workshops were attended by 14 participants in 5 sessions.
Jasleen Kaur (b.1986) is an artist currently living and working in London. Brought up in a traditional Sikh household in Glasgow, her work is an ongoing exploration into the malleability of culture and the layering of social histories within the material and immaterial things that surround us. Her practice examines the hierarchy of histories and labour using a range of mediums and methods including sculpture, video, conversation and cooking.
Recent and ongoing commissions include Glasgow Women’s Library, The Goethe Institute, V&A Museum, Eastside Projects, MIMA, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Art on the Underground. She is a recipient of the Jerwood Artist Bursaries 2018 and her work is part of the permanent collection of the Royal College of Art and Crafts Council.
In her artistic work Adriana Lara examines the conditions and character of the art system and critically reflects various approaches and formats that have become established in art. Together with Fernando Mesta and Agustina Ferreyra, in 2003 she founded the curatorial collective Perros Negros, a production office for artistic projects on a small, medium and large scale, carried out research into the possibilities and collaborations that can arise among different agents. Perros Negros concentrates its efforts on linking local and global production, and vice versa, giving a new meaning to cultural values. Her focus on the mechanisms of artistic production and distribution as a paradigmatic system for global interaction allows a distant, yet precise gaze on issues centred on the conditions of migration.
Lara is the editor of Pazmaker, an art quarterly, and a member of the band Lasser Moderna. Her works have been shown, among others, in solo exhibitions in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, in Air de Paris and in Gaga Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico-Stadt. She has participated in group exhibitions in the Kunsthalle Basel, the New Museum, New York, and in the Palais de Tokyo, Paris. Adriana Lara was born in Mexico in 1978, and lives in Mexico City.
Artist in residency, Ibro Hasanović has been working with a group of migrants from Syria, Iran, Afganistan and Eritrea, who live in Slovenia for more than a year. They approached the method of "storytelling" through different activities (story writing, video-making, clay moulding) in order to materialize their experiences and memories in a creative way.
In the conclusion of the workshop, the results were presented on an exhibition openned for public on 5 October 2018 at 5 p.m. at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova, Ljubljana, Slovenia.
Ibro Hasanović was born 1981 in Ljubovija, then Yugoslavia. Studied product design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo and contemporary art and cinema at Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France. His works have been recently exhibited at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York, Munchner Stadtmuseum, Garage Museum of Contemporary Art (Moscow), Museum of Fine Arts (Split), Kunsthalle Wien, 55th October Salon (Belgrade), National Gallery of Kosovo, Museum of Contemporary Art (Zagreb), Künstlerhaus - Halle für Kunst & Medien (Graz), 2nd Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground and Villa Romana (Florence). He currently lives in Brussels.
In the artists-in-residence program Museum of Yugoslavia hosted ten members of the Migrative Art Collective from Belgium, Croatia, Denmark and Serbia. The residency was carried out in November to December 2019.
Migrative Art Collective, later called E-I-Migrative Art, was formed as the answer to the occupation of the entire Yugoslav space in 1991. It was formed by a group of Yugoslav emerging artists who met, just before emigrating, at photo shoots (Where Am I When My Country Calls Me to War?, Belgrade 1991), and continued their collaboration through letters from exile and in the Belgian university city Louvain-la-Neuve as ex-pats. Through temporary “occupation” over the course of the art actions (Small-Mini-Micro Magic, Burying Artworks with the Goal of Excavating them When the War Stops), their aim was to symbolically contribute to the liberation of territories in a world that were in a permanent state of war. Twenty-eight years later and almost seventy years after the first liberated territories of 1941 in Užice (the free territory of the Republic of Užice and/or Partizanska Drežnica, in the same year), their participation in the project New Mappings of Europe gave them the opportunity to re-open the possibility of questioning the same topics in the present circumstances of a seemingly pacified context: encirclement of a new kind. The main issues of interest during the artists-in-residence program were: questioning if the human kind is in a permanent state of siege and war via different means, without typical methods of declaration of war, what is the view today on the free temporary territories, especially present temporary free refugee territories and if they are reduced to places of shelter, healing and tending of wounds, in the context of a large global wound – mass exile and migrants, what are the benefits of temporariness and of transit etc.
The result of the artists-in-residence program were:
- one film: Free Temporary Territory (Looking for Buried Artworks), ‘11, directed by Ivana Momčilović, filmed by Charley Case, Martin Van Der Belen, Ljubomir Jakić, Aleksa Hadži- Đokić, edited by Aleksa Hadži-Đokić (AFC/DKSG) and produced by the Museum of Yugoslavia and the Academic Film Center/Cultural Center “Student City”
- two murals: 1. (E-l-)Migrative Art’s Temporary Free Territories 1991-1997, done by the dramaturgical template created by Ivana Momčilović and executed by Charley Case, Dragan Protić and Helena Klakočar; 2. Black Point of the Republic, executed by Charley Case.