Foundation Manifesta initiator of the European Nomadic Biennial has been invited by the City of Prishtina to develop Manifesta 14 Prishtina, scheduled to open in 2022. In an effort to demarginalize culture in Kosovo’s public policies, the City of Prishtina has reached out to Manifesta with an invitation to develop a qualitative and sustainable cultural action in close collaboration with partners in the region.
Manifesta selected the city of Prishtina because of the geographical and geo-political importance of the Western Balkans in relation to Europe’s recent history and its future. This fast-changing urban center of Prishtina at the crossroads between Southern and Eastern Europe will allow Manifesta 14 to investigate how contemporary culture and social practices can address the identity of a country that is as composite as it is polymorphic.
In its relatively short history as the capital of the youngest nation state of Europe, Prishtina has experienced major transformations in its landscape by unrestrained neo-liberal policies of privatization of open urban spaces. The cultural, legal and political paralysis of the 1990s, has resulted in a loss of sense of public space and a lack of recognition for what is common.
Manifesta 14 aims to function as a platform helping citizens and diverse communities to push for an honest discussion about the direction of their city, and to set an example of the potential rebirth of cities, art and architecture in the Western Balkans at large. Manifesta 14 aims to support the citizens of Prishtina in their ambition to reclaim public space and to rewrite the future of their city as an open-minded metropolis in the heart of the Balkans.
In an effort to demarginalize culture in Kosovo’s public policies, the City of Prishtina has reached out to Manifesta with an invitation to develop a sustainable cultural action at the occasion of Manifesta 14. Based on a cross-regional collaboration model, and linking urban planning, community building, contemporary art and culture, Manifesta 14 Prishtina will animate the creation of a pilot model for a permanent interdisciplinary institution in the city.
Growing into a more diverse and sustainable format and turning away from the traditional model of an art exhibition, with this new strategy Manifesta maintains close to its very nature of a nomadic event but turns towards co-creation and transformation of cultural infrastructures in close collaboration with local, civic partners.