21.05.2013 - UNESCO Venice Office

Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina

© Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Book cover

Venice, 20 March 2013 – Yolanda Valle-Neff, Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy) and the Association Biennial of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo, are pleased to announce the presentation of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the launch of the book on Friday 31 May 2013 at 12pm., at the UNESCO premises in Venice (Palazzo Zorzi, Castello 4930).

The book of the Project Biennial D-0 ARK Underground, Bosnia and Herzegovina, intends to provide an overall picture of the project on display in Konjic. It unfolds chronologically the curatorial and artistic content accumulated in the course of the two biennial editions, in 2011 and 2013. The director of the project, Edo Hozic, explains in a comprehensive manner his understanding and engagement towards the cultural and political substance of the bunker in the frame of the larger cultural discourse on the Balkan region and beyond.

The book, edited by Basak Senova and published by the Association Biennial of Contemporary Art, is organized in five chapters. The first chapter presents the curatorial statements on the issues and conditions that have formed the infrastructure of the project. Chapter two is dedicated to the works that are exhibited in the bunker accompanied by brief descriptions and images. The next chapter further discusses the existence and the significance of the project through the concept of 'vintage' by taking 'the cold war era' as the point of its departure. Chapter four recapitulates the outcome of the public programme during the second edition by focusing on the public programming and discussions that took place in Sarajevo as an accompanying event of the biennial opening. Finally, the last chapter depicts the chronology of the project by providing brief information on talks, presentations, workshops and seminars that took place within the project.

Croatia and Turkey are partner countries of the 2013 edition of the Biennial D-0 ARK Underground curated by Basak Senova and Branko Franceschi on display until 26 September 2013.

UNESCO has granted its patronage to this second edition. On the occasion of the 10th Summit of Heads of State of South East Europe, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, had the opportunity to visit the underground complex and was most impressed by its activities. UNESCO is committed to encouraging creativity and the arts as a means of driving innovation and human development, while also enhancing mutual understanding and peaceful coexistence.


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