Thinking Community 2 — (Dis)appearing Communities

Thinking Community 2018, the event organized by GSG for the second year in a row, explores the topics of togetherness in specific contexts and the ways to empower togetherness by means of art, social engagement and activism. The event promotes art as an instrument of preservation and positive transformation of communities, encouraging the citizens’ and the youth’s active engagement; it draws attention to the importance of preserving community spaces and spreads the idea of citizen participation in general.

This year’s focus of (Dis)appearing Communities is shifted towards topics of migrations, politics of identity, issues of (im)possibility of community rituals, issues of social and economic integration, culture, solidarity and tolerance, gentrification, geopolitics…

The program contains discursive, artistic and educational segment realized in the form of a workshop. It will present two works of art created through GSG’s open call, Invisible Barriers – Visible Shifts, which financed the production of artworks in Rijeka.

Discursive Programe

The central part of the three-day event is a discursive program which takes place on Thursday, 22 November, at Križanićeva 6A. At 16:00, the program’s guests will begin with short presentations, while at 17:00 they will continue their talk in the form of public discussion, with the following participants: the head of association Roma Heart Nadica Balog, Belgrade-based art duo Rena Rädle and Vladan Jeremić, researcher and coorganiser of Porto Etno ECOC festival Katarina Petrović, historian and journalist from Zagreb Čedomir Višnjić and professor at Cultural Studies Department of the Rijeka University Nikola Petković, who will be the moderator. The curator of the discussion is GSG’s associate, artist Nadija Mustapić.

New Productions

Video installation Sa o Roma, Rijeko grade by the Rijeka artist Tajči Čekada, which will be shown on Thursday, 22 November at Kortil Gallery at 19:00, was made in collaboration with several members of the Roma community. The video thematizes the ongoing migrations of the local Roma community to Germany and other European destinations. The project entitled Untold Sušak, by the Belgrade art collective Tačka komunikacije, focuses on collaboration with micro-communities of Sušak, exploring how their narratives have changed over time. Using a workshop-based approach, and in collaboration with the University of Rijeka students, the authors gathered local stories on the field. The outcome of the project will be presented at 15:00 on Friday, 23 November, at Križanićeva 6a, which will be followed by a guided audio-tour around Sušak neighborhood. The tour will be repeated on Saturday, 24 November, starting at noon, from Križanićeva 6a.

Workshop

The Friday’s program will also include a Workshop on the role of art in social changes, led by Canadians Shaku Raniga and Sherif Rushdy, newcomers in Rijeka, who have a vast experience in international humanitarian work and community development. The aim of the workshop, which will be limited to the maximum of 30 invited participants, is to encourage reflection on the strategies of applying art as the tool for making social changes and, based on the workshop’s conclusions, to create a methodological toolbox for working on such projects.