The latest article on Art & Reconciliation research is now out and available for free download. Featuring in a Special Issue of The International Journal of Transitional Justice, guest edited by Cynthia Cohen, on ‘Creative Approaches to Transitional Justice: Contributions of Arts and Culture’, the article by Tiffany Fairey and Rachel Kerr discusses two arts-based initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina. You can download the article here.
Scholars and practitioners of transitional justice have begun to seek alternative approaches in the arts and culture as a means to pursue core goals of peace and reconciliation. This Special Issue asks what creative approaches can do that conventional transitional justice mechanisms cannot, and invites us to reflect on the possibilities, and the potential challenges, risks and constraints. In response, this article discusses two arts-based initiatives in Bosnia and Herzegovina, one involving a national museum, the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and one with a Bosnian peacebuilding organization, the Post Conflict Research Centre, that provided opportunities for plural, dialogical and localized forms of transitional justice. Analyzing the question of what worked in these two distinct initiatives, we highlight four common qualities and offer them as non-prescriptive ‘good-practice principles’ in strategic arts-based peacebuilding practice: iterative working over time; carving space for plural, locally driven narratives; amplifying the capacities and networks of local actors; and context-driven project design.
Art & Reconciliation have won follow on impact funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and Global Challenges Research Fund to build on our collaboration with the Post Conflict Research Centre (PCRC). Over 2020 and into 2021, PCRC will be producing two new publications with their Balkan Diskurs correspondents covering national and regional topics ranging from Bosnian fashion designers to arts and music festivals and youth activism. The new publications build on the success of the 2019 publication of the Bosnian edition of ASBO magazine and will be disseminated thorough out BiH. Art & Reconciliation researchers will be working alongside PRCR to research and evaluate visual peacebuilding strategies. Activities have been delayed due to COVID-19 but it is hoped they will be underway soon.
A permanent installation curated by Crvena on the Women’s Antifascist Front of Yugosalavia opened at the History Museum of BiH on December 5th 2019. Titled, “What has our struggle given us?”, the installation is part of The Living Museum commissions which has seen artists critically engage with artwork and materials from the History Museum archives. The installation critically explores and reflects on the heritage of Women’s Antifascist Front of Yugoslavia presenting photographs, documents, posters and newspaper articles in a series of themed sections. The exhibition represents a rich and vital contribution to the telling of the history of women’s organising and struggle.
Read more about the exhibition in this feature in the Oslobodenje.
Living Museum commissions and exhibitions have garnered extensive coverage in the Bosnian press including an editorial written by the British ambassador, Matthew Field, in Oslobodjenje. See via the links below or go to English translations:
On November 2nd, members of the Izazov team gathered with other young filmmakers to present their films and talk film dissemination strategies with a workshop audience in London at Kings College.
Read a blog about the workshop here.
The Rope, a film by Zijah Gafić produced as part of Art & Reconciliation, will premiere at the Al Jazeera Documentary film Festival in Sarajevo later this month on Sept 22nd.
Rachel Kerr and Milena Michalski have both written blogs on Art & Reconciliation research for the Art and International Justice Initiative. The ARTIJ Initiative connects academics, artists, practitioners and others wishing to explore the potential of art in understanding international justice.
Art & Reconciliation by Milena Michalski
Art, Justice and Reconciliation by Rachel Kerr
Mladen Miljanović: Portrait of an Artist; a film by Ziyah Gafić about the artist Mladen Miljanović is now available to view online.
Featuring interviews with commissioned artists and the Director and Curator of the History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Art & Reconciliation film documents the Reconciliations exhibition and the artworks that were produced for it. Directed and produced by Paul Lowe and Ziyah Gafic. Watch it here.
Saturday 02 March 2019 12:45pm to 2:00pm; Hosted by LSE Festival: New World (Dis)Orders; Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building