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Sarajevo Album

A collective narrative and experience of the city

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In May we are presenting several events as part of the project Actopolis. The Art of Action.

ACTOPOLIS brings together artists, urbanists and activists from South-Eastern metropolises and the Ruhr region in a joint production laboratory, because questions relating to the future of urban life can no longer be dealt with on a merely local level. ACTOPOLIS is a call to action and to co-author the city – across disciplines, national boundaries and cultural differences.

The project takes place in Athens, Belgrade, Bucharest, Ankara/ Mardin, Oberhausen, Sarajevo and Zagreb.

A project by Goethe-Institut and Urbane Künste Ruhr.

Artistic direction: Angelika Fitz and Katja Aßmann.

Curators of Bucharest Actopolis: Ștefan Ghenciulescu (Zeppelin) and Raluca Voinea ( București).


Armina Pilav was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She obtained her Ph.D. in Urban Planning at the Doctorate School of the Faculty of Architecture in Venice. Her research and practice are related to observing, visualizing, texting and rethinking of contemporary war/ post-war cities or other forms of extreme urban situations (i.e. post-crisis urbanism). Armina relies on collaborative working approach, feminist perspectives in shaping the urban spaces and reading of the city, proposing a methodology named cross-media analysis. Armina is developing research work and urban projects by intersections of the research tools, spatial forms and different representational media that are used in architecture, urbanism, art and media. She published several scientific papers and other texts on the topic of conflict/ post-conflict territories and their imagination, where Sarajevo is a case study, also she participated in many international scientific conferences and events related to the architectural field. At the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2014, she showed the research work “Sarajevo and self-made solutions in the context of war emergency”. She participated and conducted several workshops with citizens and architecture students: participation in residency program of “Decolonizing architecture” in Palestine (2008) or workshop leader of “Remaking our city” in Sarajevo (2012), part of art project “Bring In Take Out Living Archive”. Currently she is co-author and researcher of the action-research program Gradologija/ Cityology examining participatory production of the Sarajevo city space, relations between common and public urban realms. Since 2011 is a member of Crvena- association for culture and art from Sarajevo.

Katarina Bošnjak graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Sarajevo in 2014. She works as junior architect at OSNAP d.o.o., and as teaching collaborator at the Faculty of Architecture, Department of City planning. Member of LIFT- spatial intitiatives, an NGO consisting of young architects and students of architecture. Current biggest projects she takes part in through LIFT are Days of Architecture and Nights of Architecture. Katarina writes about architecture for the student magazine '303'. She participated in several summers schools and workshops such as Vitanje summer school in Slovenia when she produced an installation called 'KSEVT as playground', which was an honorable student mention at Piran Days of Architecture 2015. Katarina believes that there is a gap between space and users, and an even bigger distance between architects and users of space, in which she sees potential for exploration of range of emotions, perceptions and psychology of users and space itself, and believes that space should act as a moderator for 'education' of its users and encourage people to ask questions about space and society.

The presentation takes place in the framework of the exchange between the cities participating in the project Actopolis. Armina Pilav and Katarina Bošnjak are participants in the Sarajevo programme of Actopolis, curated by Danijela Dugandžić.