Metamorphosis, a project implemented by Foundation Shtatëmbëdhjetë, uses art and culture as the main tool to raise the voice for the importance of using public space. This is supposed to be achieved by bringing life to abandoned objects, revitalizing them even for a day. In this form, collective memory for a past that is little tackled is brought back, and public spaces are used for the benefit of the community. Metamorphosis is especially focused on buildings/ monuments/ public spaces which are products of various social processes. It is for this reason that it does not suffice to merely investigate and document their materiality, but their function as well, which changes depending on the society itself. In this way, Metamorphosis- through operationalizing the history and spatial symbols of collective memory as a way to emphasize the right of the people to the city- highlights the strength and capability of collective memory for creating urban spaces.
𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗳𝗶𝗿𝘀𝘁, 𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗰𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗿
Metamorphosis III | Site specific artistic intervention
Artist: Nurhan Qehaja
*Access to the building has been denied by Commission of Kosovar Institute for Monument Protection. This performance has been amended to comply with the restrictions imposed by the agency who is otherwise tasked with the protection and preservation of this historic monument.
Before anything is said we have to acknowledge and respect that this building was once someone’s home and someone’s safe space.
In our excess, it comes as no surprise that we abandon and turn a blind eye to this historic building. Despite a deep desire to recreate a visual memory of its interior, to reimagine its stories, we are instead left with a feeling of helplessness. We despair, feeling the heartbreak of the ones who were once separated from this very space. Our presence is an intrusion into a story that is not ours to tell.
Running water is deliberately and collectively forgotten. As it runs - everything is washed away.
The artwork is an invitation to listen and to face the music.
𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺: Liburn Jupolli: composer ; Kaltrina Bersiha: cello
Rron Bakalli: violin; Yll Zhaveli: clarinet
Location: Str, Xhemajl Prishtina (the building is near to RTK, at old bazar)
ArtBook | Flirting With Leftovers
Field research work, material evidence, conversations with personages sharing memories and information about the history of the building, as well as with personalities and stakeholders unfolding details about modern history in Kosovo, the importance of the building in architectural aspect, are some of the points of the Art Book FLIRTING WITH LEFTOVERS. It also includes other important details about the artistic intervention that took place last year on October 15 at the building known as the Marsi Restaurant. This book goes beyond the artistic intervention by taking Marsi Restaurant as a starting point to highlight a historical, socio-cultural and economic era of immense importance in Kosovo and identify other objects of modern architecture.
Video credits: Meddy & Gramzi
The purpose of this book is to serve as a document that highlights the importance of preserving collective memory, and revitalizing abandoned buildings that can turn into spaces for community. The artistic intervention FLIRTING WITH LEFTOVERS, within the second edition of Metamorphosis, was conceived by artist KOJA. Through Metamorphosis the analysis of the relation between objects/monuments and public knowledge is aimed, so that on the one hand the logic of the forming and organizing the corpus of public knowledge in public spaces is better understood, and on the other, the active social role of objects/monuments is clearly explained. In this way, Metamorphosis - through operationalizing the history and spatial symbols of collective memory as a way to emphasize the right of the people to the city- highlights the strength and capability of collective memory for creating urban spaces.
During the presentation of the Art Book, KOJA will share details about her concept as well as the work that has been done to realize this book, which is at the same time the first publication of Foundation Shtatëmbëdhjetë.
Flirting with leftovers
Metamorphosis II | Site specific artistic intervention
From material evidence in Kosovo, there is a considerable number of abandoned modern-architecture buildings which are unstudied (and uncatalogued) in regards to their architectural, historical, cultural, and social values. Currently, we live in a time when one’s attention is dominated by the representation rather than the very presence/existence of a certain entity. Ironically, the experience of buildings is also mediated through their representation. Could an artistic action provoke the experience of a building by avoiding and transposing the story/meaning represented by the building in question? Could one provoke the perception of the building in question as an experience? Could the presence of a building be brought back, and is it possible to reconstruct it? Could the arbitrary choice of the citizens be legitimized as a determinant and a decision-making mechanism for their own needs?
These issues are explored through an artistic intervention at the building of the former Marsi Restaurant located at Kodra e Trimave neighborhood in Prishtina.This intervention presents the approach to this issue as a starting-point, not to offer a solution, but rather to highlight it in order to generate a discourse in several different professional levels, as well as to address it to decision-makers, who are consequently the ones to determine the fate of these buildings.
Supporting Team: Skender Xhukolli, Sami Podvorica, Endrit Jashanica ; Contributors in the research process: Arneida Muqiqi, Blend Bytyqi, Dafina Thaqi, Diellza Bullaku, Donat Pira, Egzon Ademi, Elitë Morina, Endrit Mecini, Era Qena, Kaltrina Berisha, Kushtrim Lushtaku, Liri Hashani, Renea Begolli, Tringa Krasniqi, Urtesë Zeneli, Valza Berisha
Location: Sr."Bedri Gjini" - Kodra e Trimave, (Former “Restorant Marsi”)
Call for applications
Metamorphosis II | Artistic intervention in public space.
Last year, Foundation Shtatëmbëdhjetë brought back for one day the collective memory of the building that once served as a canteen for the workers of the former company called "Ramiz Sadiku".
This year we are continuing with the second edition of Metamorphosis, and for a day we are bringing attention to another abandoned building.
We invite young people who are interested in the field of art to become part of the three day workshop, - Metamorphosis II. Areas in which you work or you are interested in contributing, among others, may be music, performance, photography, video, design, urban intervention, collective memory and social issues. Through the workshop you will be able to learn how to do field research to assemble the collective memory of the selected public space. You will also learn about different areas of art and about the process of implementing the activity from concept development to implementation. After the workshop, the predetermined groups will work to finalize their ideas for the artistic intervention which will take place in a building in Prishtina which has a history and values of cultural heritage. The work process will be in collaboration with the Metamorphosis II team.
All those aged 16-24 living in the Municipality of Prishtina have the right to apply. The application deadline is September 12, 2019. The workshop will be held on September 19, 20 and 21.
Exhibition | Performance
A multimedia exhibition and performance which brings the story of the abandoned building seeks to recall once again its sensational past, while intervening in the present. The performance "On the loop" through "moving statues" brings some characters that best portray the function of this building.
In the late 1940s and early 1950s, a facility would be built that would serve for almost 40 years as a canteen for the workers of one of the largest construction companies in the former Yugoslavia: “Ramiz Sadiku”. Drawings of the current state of the canteen, as a reminder of the past and the intervention that is made today. After 1989, when "Ramiz Sadiku" went bankrupt as a result of political tensions, the canteen took on another function. It would become one of the humanitarian centers for refugees of the last war in Kosovo, and then a restaurant. This facility, in addition to serving as a canteen for the company's employees and then for students and people with social assistance, would also house various cultural, musical and entertainment activities.
Therefore, the rhythms of repetitive music will convey the beautiful and dark emotions that this building carries in itself for a completely different experience. All this will be followed by an architectural installation and a detailed account of the history of the building, as the residents of the neighborhood "Pejton" remember. "Metamorphosis" brings collective memory, revitalizes the abandoned building for a day, drawing attention to its historical significance and preservation. The Metamorphosis project aims to provide an environment that strengthens the capacity of youth through art education and civic engagement in cultural activities.
Exhibition, performance: Performance “On the loop”: Nol Musa, Rita Zhubi, Jona Maliqi, Trim Kuqi, Shkëlqim Shasivari, Albiona Hajrizi, Diellëza Përvetica, Lekë Zeqiri, Lendi Mustafa ; Music performance Albin Abazi, Blerta Zeqiri, Linda Mustafa ; under the supervision of Albin Abazi ; Drawing Blend Bytyqi ; Instalation: The layout of the former “Ramiz Sadiku” canteens, Zotika Maliqi, Rrona Pozhegu, Hana Zymberi, under the supervision of Shpend Zeqiri, Audio: Albanoi Retkoceri, Conctroction: Jona Maliqi, Nol Musa, Shkëlqim Shasivari, Ditjon Fetahu, Ensar S. Shaqiri, Gresa Gashi, Trim Kuqi, Lendi Mustafa under the supervision of Besnik Leka and Shpend Zeqiri.