Immaterial Monuments, Participatory Art and Community

LookingToTheSky“Immaterial Monuments, Participatory Art and Community” was a collaboration between art and social sciences faculties with the aim to reach social changes through artistic interventions. The project was initiated by ArtAgent in Stockholm and Refraction Association in Tirana. Specific objectives is to create a platform between artist groups, universities and NGO: s in the four different countries; Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden, starting in 2015.
The objectives were to meet at the crossing of art, society, public space and social sculpture and to share knowledge on tools for working with marginalised people, vulnerable groups, debate and implementation of new strategies for connecting art and urban meetings, challenges of globalization and migration.
Many people have little access to art. In todays society access to culture is more important
than ever. How can we reach out to each other across the social, mental and physical
boarders? Art has proven a good way to reach vulnerable groups and strengthen groups of
employees for communicating further issues about democracy and the building of selforganized development.
Groups of people in the countries Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia and Sweden suffer from
marginalization and need to be addressed and included in society. Freedom of speech and
expression is necessary for women as well as men. Transcultural meetings in a changing
society can help individuals voice their concerns and be co-creators in the developments they seek. There are tensions and serious conflicts between ethnic groups from Albanian and Macedonian origin. The Albanian partner Refraction Association have obtained artistic programs and methods of conflict management between these groups and want to continue with this important work for a sustainable future and peaceful community. To work with grass-roots organisations can create an emancipatory politics of globalization from below.

With support from Creative Force, the Swedish Institute

Photo: My Lindh