23. March. 2018. | 12:38

Art and Culture in Serbian Community in Kosovo

Creating a favorable climate where young artists will want to stay and create, as well as developing the awareness that tradition is not something that is necessarily inherited, but something gained through active participation in its creation are the key recommendations of the participants in the debate on culture and art in the Serb community in Kosovo, which was held last night at Mitrovica Social Club in North Mitrovica.

Creating a favorable climate means creating sound cultural institutions that with their active work and with the need for creative energy would give the youth creators will to stay in Kosovo after their graduation and live from their creations, says the painting artist Miljana Dundjerin, who is also the organizer of the art program at the "Akvarijus" gallery, which is registered as a Private Cultural Center.

Regarding Mitrovica, it meets the basic preconditions for such a thing.

"Specifically, Mitrovica has a lot of potential because it has a serious public. We could work and organize to exhaustion, but it would be useless if we did not have consumers. It happens to us to organize several different events within a week and each has extraordinary attendance. Despite that it happens that two guests never meet with each other - each event has its own audience. "Another important thing is that Mitrovica is a student city," says Dundjerin .

She points out that "Aquarius" as an alternative cultural center survives precisely because it does not have any institutional support because then there is no conditioning whatsoever, not even that which Dundjerin calls "political violence".

According to her, the offer of cultural and artistic content in Mitrovica or Gracanica can compete with that in big cities.

She points out that the tradition is not inherited, but is won, by young artists repainting the paintings, rewriting the written, contemporizing the old and genial creations that our people have already created.

Rakočević mentions the ghetto atmosphere

"We have noticed that some of the creators whose dominant audiences are not Serbs are afraid about how to present their creations in Gracanica," notes Rakocevic.

When it comes to cooperation between cultural institutions in the north of Kosovo and in the south of the Ibër, the PCC "Akvarijus" and the Cultural Center Gračanica are the best examples of fruitful cooperation.

Cultural institutions in Kosovo are funded mainly by two sources: from the state budget or through funds and projects. Panelists support both forms of funding, but emphasize that, regardless of how the payment is made, there must be quality and the persistence on this should never stop.

Asked how to preserve the cultural heritage of the Serb people in Kosovo, Rakocevic reiterates that "to preserve it, we must gain it." She says that this is an intimate thing and that each of us individually has to develop his personal relationship with the cultivation of "Ljeviska", completely freed of any ideology or aesthetic.

Dundjerin says that we must first show interest in cultural heritage in Kosovo, at least in terms of education.

The public, identified as a problem the existence of a not a small number of cultural workers who receive salaries in cultural institutions in Kosovo, who do not live here, so they are not productive.

The conclusion is that for artist is equally difficult to live from their creativity as in any other environment. Difficult, but not impossible. Even if there is no institutional support. Panelists’ message is that one must work, create with minimum cost and maximum enthusiasm.

Mitrovica Social Club debates are organized by the NGO Aktiv, within the framework of the Civic Energy Center project, which is financially supported by the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society.