Creative Europe Programme Some Call Us Balkans - SCUB
Creative Europe Programme Some Call Us Balkans - SCUB

Press Releases

Press Images & Graphic Illustrations

View, download and use under open licenses (CC BY-SA 4.0) all of SCUB's images and graphic illustrations for your articles and press content. Contact us for any further inquiries info@somecallusbalkans.org

Illustration by Eugenia Kozlova - A Memory of a Possible future, No Monument to No Nation, Street Arts Festival Mostar. CC BY-SA 4.0

Press release

May 2, 2022

ASSEMBLING BL(KN) – Residency

DKC Incel, Banja Luka, 02/05/2022 – 29/05/2022

SCUB – Some Call us Balkans finally lands in Banja Luka. SCUB is an International Cultural Cooperation project funded by Creative Europe, the Executive Agency of the European Commission for Culture and Education in 2020.

The project provides a transdisciplinary programme that embraces art-based inquiry, and a socially-engaged community that mobilizes moments of collective production of knowledge, research, and multivocal representations of the Balkans. With the main objective to challenge myths and misconceptions regarding the “Balkans” as the “European Other”, SCUB brings together a multidisciplinary partnership among non-governmental organizations, cultural centers, community centers and an Art Biennale. 

The partnership covers a large geographical area, starting from BiH with Unsa Geto; Italy with ICSE & Co. as project leader, following with partner countries such as Greece with the Biennale of Western Balkans; Albania with Tulla – Culture Center; Kosovo, with Termokiss; Serbia with Tačka komunikacije; North Macedonia with Sociopatch Platform for civic engagement through artistic and cultural practices; and Germany with ZK/U – Zentrum für Kunst und Urbanistik of Berlin.

After the competition of  key project activities, including an artistic research ‘Balkan’ Myths and Misconception and one month capacity-building programme specifically tailored to strengthen partners organizational capacities in Berlin, SCUB finally enters the scene in Banja Luka. 

DKC Incel Cultural Center will host 8 selected artist-travelers coming from Italy, Germany, Albania, Greece, Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Bosnia in a one-month artistic residency.

The Artist Residency ASSEMBLING BL(KN) 02.05 – 29.05. 2022, has the main objective to create a collective of Artist-Travelers and build common practices of public and participatory art in the urban and traveling Balkan context. The residency is choreographed as a process of co-creation, through moments of collective and individual reflection on how to challenge univocal narratives of East and West, based on inside and outside boundaries discursive practice of “otherness”.

The collective of 8 artist-travelers, supported by a set of international and local experts, and communities, will experience site-visits, team-building activities, public events in the co-creation of individual and collective artistic practices.

The artistic process in Banja Luka will be the preparatory phase for the Ground Tour Journey, a one-month travel throughout the Balkans, where the artists will have the chance to meet people and communities along the way and to engage them in public art participatory intervention and format. 

The residency has been prepared in collaboration with the SCUB partnership and supported by several local and international actors.

Each week during the residency we will provide a set of public events such as performative walks, film screenings, workshops, performative lectures, talks, exhibitions, concerts and community-based interventions in the urban spaces and communities of Banja Luka. 

Press release

March 3, 2021

Creative Europe project Some Call Us Balkans announces the selected Artist – Travellers

The Cultural Cooperation project Some Call Us Balkans (SCUB) is a Creative Europe-funded transdisciplinary programme, an art-based inquiry, and a community that explores and mobilizes moments of collective production of knowledge, imagination, research, and multivocal representations that challenge myths and misconc

eptions regarding the “Balkans” as the “European Other”. It is organised by a transnational collective of curators and partners based in Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Greece, Italy, and Germany. 

Based on the artistic research built throughout the project and the following open call “Collective Terms of Action” for 8 artist-travellers, SCUB is delighted to announce the selected artists coming from all partner countries and multidisciplinary backgrounds. The programme would like to warmly welcome Jelena Luise, Alessandro Riletti, Lea Blau, Lori Lako, Jelena Gajinović, Diona Kusari, Mary Marinopoulou and Sezer Salihi. 

 

(from top left to bottom right): Jelena Luise, Alessandro Riletti, Lea Blau, Lori Lako, Jelena Gajinović, Diona Kusari, Mary Marinopoulou and Sezer Salihi

The artists will be collectively taking part in the one-month residency in Banja Luka to work together and envision the Mobile Forum, in order to later begin their Ground Tour Journey in the “Balkans” and implement their artistic interventions in the city of each partner. Finally, in early 2023, they will all be presenting an individual work in the final exhibition of the project in Prishtina. 

SCUB community includes ICSE&Co., UNSA Geto, Tačka Komunikacije, Biennale of Western Balkans, Sociopatch – platform for civic engagement, Tulla Culture Center, ZK/U Berlin, Termokiss Social Center, and The Ground Tour project, collaborating with the support of the European Union (Creative Europe, Western Balkans 2021-23).

More information

Website: https://somecallusbalkans.org/ 

Project enquiries: info@somecallsusbalkans.org 

Press release

29 November 2021

Creative Europe project Some Call Us Balkans announces open calls for Artist – Travellers

The Cultural Cooperation project Some Call Us Balkans (SCUB) is a Creative Europe-funded transdisciplinary programme, an art-based inquiry, and a community that explores and mobilizes moments of collective production of knowledge, imagination, research, and multivocal representations that challenge myths and misconceptions regarding the “Balkans” as the “European Other”. It is organised by a transnational collective of curators and partners based in Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Albania, Greece, Italy, and Germany.

On the occasion of its upcoming programme, which is based on the artistic research built throughout the project, the SCUB community is looking for 8 emerging artist-travellers from the participating countries, who will form a collective and work jointly, committing to the programme’s timeline and activation moments. SCUB provides a unique platform for the participating artists, including a three-step co-creation and mutual learning process, activated at different locations spanning the wider Balkan region.

After the selection process and the announcement of the participating artists in February 2022, the programme will unfold starting with a one-month residency in Banja Luka (BIH) at DKC Incel Cultural Center in May 2022, where the artists along with a set of experts, curators, and local communities will co-create and develop individual and collective artistic works as part of the Mobile Forum and the dramaturgy of a Ground Tour Journey. 

Following the residency, the artists will stage the Mobile Forum in public spaces at partners’ selected sites, engaging local communities and putting into action the Ground Tour Journey in a participatory format during 1 month between September and October 2022. This is imagined as a travelling theatre piece with the artist-travellers, the localities, the communities and the local actors involved as protagonists. The Mobile Forum is conceived as a mobile public art installation where artistic practices and tools are used as triggers for cross-border dialogue, exchange and learning while travelling across geographies and peoples. Conceived as an open assembly space where new sociocultural imagination can be conceived, the Mobile Forum aims to document and make grassroot claims visible while connecting local cultural practitioners and communities of practice with artists and the hosting partners and communities.

The Journey will end at the Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB), Ioannina (Greece) in October 2022. In the aftermath in between November 2022 and March 2023, the artists will have a mentored, remote time to produce retrospectively their individual work to be presented at the final exhibition of the project in Prishtina at the partner space of Termokiss Community Center. 

The purpose of this project is to initiate a series of activities resulting in the co-creation of a mobile forum, opening spaces of encounter and imagination that transgress borders and nationalisms in the Balkans, throughout Europe and beyond. 

SCUB community includes ICSE&Co., UNSA Geto, Tačka Komunikacije, Biennale of Western Balkans, Sociopatch – platform for civic engagement, Tulla Culture Center, ZK/U Berlin, Termokiss Social Center, and The Ground Tour project, collaborating with the support of the European Union (Creative Europe, Western Balkans 2021-23).

More information

Website: https://somecallusbalkans.org/ 

Open Calls: https://somecallusbalkans.org/scub-activities/open-call/

Project enquiries: info@somecallsusbalkans.org 

For media enquiries 

Christina Ioannou, CCIcomms

Press@ccicomms.com 

In #Sarajevo we met with artists, activists and curators and opened questions about the way art can deal with different forms of disorder - geopolitical, ideological, communal, internal.

🌱 Our journey begins! The SCUB community has set off on the #BLKNMobile forum. Our artists and team will spend the next month travelling the Balkans, in a common effort of reflecting, experimenting, exploring and unlearning.

Scroll up Drag View