This year’s Summer School takes place 25 years after the genocide in Srebrenica and the end of the Bosnian War in 1995 – a grim anniversary that holds significance for many of the region’s artists and cultural workers. The program will provide a glimpse into the impact of the recent past as well as the current state of social and political affairs on local aesthetics and visual narratives.
While the Summer School will focus on the cultural significance of the end of the Bosnian War and its long-lasting consequences, it will also touch on the role of art in the present time of collective vulnerability, which has been worsened by the ongoing worldwide health crisis. This year’s program will examine artistic practices that address issues of fear, isolation, and loss as it searches for an answer to the question: “What is the role of the arts in times of crisis?”
The six-day course will be a visual journey through the country’s recent past, from 1992 to the end of the war in 1995 and up to today. It will address questions of aesthetics in the aftermath of violence, while also exploring memory, the idea of belonging, and the ongoing quest for identity. Participants will be challenged and inspired by some of the region’s most renowned artists, who will demonstrate the ways they’ve used their work to address the political turmoil then and now.
Participants will have the opportunity not only to get acquainted with local art and history and increase their critical awareness and civic responsibility, but they will also immerse themselves in the local cultural and social environment. They will be able to explore Sarajevo “25 years after,” and meet the protagonists of the local cultural scene while learning how to activate resilience through art during uncertain times.
Kuma International Summer School will be realized in partnership with the WARM Academy, a multidisciplinary, multimedia, educational, and training program implemented by the WARM Foundation in 2019. This year’s edition of the WARM Academy will focus on the role of reporters, artists, and academics in times of global crisis. Participants will be able to attend lectures from both events.