Darija Simunovic darija.simunovic at gmx.net
Mo Apr 16 15:28:42 CEST 2018

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Datum: 	Fri, 13 Apr 2018 18:00:04 +0200
Von: 	Claudia Zini <clauzini at gmail.com>



*Sarajevo, June 25^th -30^th 2018*

*Application deadline: May 28^th 2018*


Kuma International in partnership with the WARM Foundation presents 
one-week intensive course on contemporary art from Bosnia and 
Herzegovina, focusing on visual art, design, photography, film and 
theatre from a post-conflict society. Participation is open to graduates 
and postgraduates from the relevant disciplines, as well as art 
historians, curators, artists and museum professionals, and all people 
interested in training and developing new skills while experiencing a 
new and exciting learning environment in Sarajevo, the vibrant capital 
of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

*Kuma International Summer School*

The first Kuma International Summer School focuses on the post-war 
artistic production from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Students will look at 
how artists from the region have been affected by the political turmoil 
of the 1990s and how they have processed the fall of Yugoslavia, the 
1992-1995 war and its consequences through their art practices. Students 
will also have the unique chance to meet with local artists, explore the 
city’s museums and art galleries and visit artists’ studios. Addressing 
contemporary visual art produced in the context of conflict and trauma, 
Kuma’s first summer school and its local and international staff will 
provide a glimpse into the impact of war on local artists' aesthetics 
and narrative. At the same time, the school will look at the phenomenon 
of a new generation of visual artists and cultural workers belonging to 
the Bosnian diaspora who have started to come back to their country of 
origin out of a need to reconnect with their homeland and elaborate 
their traumatic war experience through art.

*Why study contemporary art production from Bosnia and Herzegovina? *

Kuma International believes that studying the war and post-war Bosnian 
cultural production can offer valuable insights about the nature of 
conflicts. It also raises important questions such as: what can art 
contribute to our understanding of war and conflict? Can the production 
as well as the viewing of art inspire non-verbal reconciliation of past 
atrocities? Which role can artists have in the memorialization of the 
past? Will their work prevent further genocide and mass violence in the 
region and promote reconciliation?

*Kuma International*

Kuma International is an international research centre founded by 
Claudia Zini in Sarajevo in 2018. It is dedicated to visual arts and 
aesthetics in the aftermath of war and violence, war memories, trauma 
and identity from post-conflict societies, focusing mainly on 
Bosnia-Herzegovina and former Yugoslavia. The original approach of Kuma 
is the intersection between academic research and a concrete platform 
for exhibition projects and community engagement which creates a unique 
synergy between researchers, academics, curators and visual artists on 
one side and the local community on the other. Kuma is based on the idea 
of creating a safe environment for production and discussion, in which 
artists, researchers and members of the local community can connect and 
reflect on the role of art produced in the context of conflict and 
trauma. Kuma also has a particular interest in the Bosnian diaspora. It 
gives the opportunity to all Bosnian artists scattered around the world 
to gather in Sarajevo and to be supported in their artistic projects.


The first Kuma International Summer School is organized in partnership 
with the WARM Foundation from Sarajevo which is working on the world’s 
contemporary conflicts and is dedicated to war reporting, war art and 
war memory. Every year they organize a WARM festival which presents the 
best in journalism, documentary film, art exhibitions and research from 
conflicts around the world. The next WARM festival will run between June 
27th and July 1^st 2018 in Sarajevo. The full program will be soon 
available on the WARM website. Kuma's students will have free access to 
all the festival’s activities (movie screens, exhibitions, talks, and 
much more). For more information please see: www.warmfoundation.org 


The fee for taking part in the first Kuma International Summer School is 
€280 per person which includes all museum entrances, a guided tour of 
the city and a welcome dinner. Scholarships for local students are 

The working language is English.

*How to apply*

Please send your application to info at kumainternational.org 
<mailto:info at kumainternational.org> before May ^28th 2018. The 
application should consist of a current CV and a motivational letter.


For information and further details about the school’s program and 
costs, please contact us at info at kumainternational.orgor visit our 
website: www.kumainternational.org <http://www.kumainternational.org/>__

*Kuma International Founder and Director*

Claudia Zini is an Italian art historian and curator, focusing her 
professional interests primarily on artistic positions that engage with 
war memories and identity in post-conflict societies such as former 
Yugoslavia. She is currently a PhD candidate student at the Courtauld 
Institute of Art in London with a thesis titled “Post-War Negotiations: 
Art from Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Global Fields”. She holds a 
Bachelor degree in History and Conservation of Art from the University 
of Padova, Italy (2008), a Diploma in History and Philosophy of Art from 
the Kent University, England (2008) and a Master Degree in Art History 
from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice, Italy (2011). In 2015, she 
obtained a Diploma in Islamic Studies from the University of Sarajevo. 
She gained her first experience as a curator of the exhibition /The 
Imaginary Pavilion of Bosnia and Herzegovina /in 2009 in Verona, Italy. 
Between 2012 and 2013 she worked in the A plus A Gallery in Venice, 
curating the exhibitions of Bosnian artists Ibro Hasanović and Mladen 
Miljanović, among other projects. She lives in Sarajevo where she 
collaborates with Duplex100m2 gallery and Ars Aevi Museum of 
Contemporary Art. Her latest curatorial projects include the exhibition 
/Mevludin Ekmečić. Drawing the War: Bosnia 1992-199/5 presented in 
Sarajevo at the WARM Festival in June 2017. In 2018 she founded Kuma 
International - Center for Visual Arts from Post-Conflict Societies.

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