This day-long workshop will explore a number of questions about the social and political purpose of artistic production in post conflict societies, including:
• Do artists have a responsibility to create work that promotes notions of tolerance and reconciliation in the present?
• How can artists look back and critically re-interpret history in order to look forward and re-imagine a different future?
• How do artists deal with tension between producing work aimed at justice and producing work aimed at reconciliation?
Recent research into arts in the Western Balkans has noted a tendency of regional artists towards producing artworks that focus on the past and on the
memorialisation of historical conflicts. The workshop will consider the role that art plays in creating dialogue and in making a space for alternative visions of the
future. The workshop will also include practical sessions for regional artists on grant writing and working with institutions, museums and galleries. This workshop will bring together regional artists, invited speakers and artists participating in the REconciliations exhibition to be held at the History Museum of BIH In June 2018. It is being undertaken as part of Art and Reconciliation, an AHRC funded research project.