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Public Lecture by Ares Shporta / Curatorial Course "What Could/Should Curating Do?" / Salon of the MoCAB, Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 6 p.m.Talk programs | 05.10.2019
Public Lecture by Ares Shporta
What Could/Should the Institution Do
Curatorial Course What Could/Should Curating Do?
The “Lumbardhi Cinema” opened in 1952, and has been one of the two key 20th century cultural institutions in Prizren. For over four decades the public space was visited by over 400,000 visitors across the span of four decades, and is also known as the birthplace of numerous festivals, most notably DokuFest. After two attempts of demolition and privatisation in the 21st century, “Lumbardhi Cinema” was saved by civic initiatives and registered as a protected cultural landmark in 2015.
The “Lumbardhi” Foundation was established thereafter in order to continue the civic initiative, with the aim of managing and reviving the former cinema through an open process that includes research, diverse programs, debates, and forming partnerships and alliances. The institution was shaped in a slow manner, that was determined by the limited means of institution-building from a bottom-up initiative. In the lecture, Ares Shporta will present and discuss the process that allowed ample time and opportunity to discuss issues such as, the function of public service institutions in the 21st century, the possibility of realizing a long term aims in conditions of daily instability and adapting an institution to the needs of its specific surrounding.
Ares Shporta is a cultural worker based in Kosovo. He completed his studies at the graduate program for Cultural Management at the Bilgi University in Istanbul. The focus of his studies was cultural institutions and local cultural policy. Since 2015 he is the co-founding director of the “Lumbardhi” Foundation where his work ranges from research, planning the program, advocacy, infrastructure and institutional development in the context of the revival of the former “Lumbardhi Cinema”. Shporta is also the chairman of the Network of Cultural Organisations in Prizren and the President of “Kooperativa - Regional Platform for Culture”.
The event is free and open to the public.
The WCSCD curatorial course and series of public lectures have been initiated and organized by Biljana Ciric.
The lecture by Ares Shporta is generously supported by Heinrich Boll Stiftung