Review: War Art Remembrance and Memory (WARM) Festival

Written on August 1, 2019, posted in News, Review

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July 8-13, 2019
Sarajevo

The VII Academy sup­port­ed two of our clos­est Balkan partners–the Post-Conflict Research Center (P-CRC) and WARM Foundation–who host­ed the the 6th War Art Remembrance and Memory (WARM) Festival and the first WARM Academy in Sarajevo in July 2019.

Between July 8 and 13, the Post-Conflict Research Center (P-CRC) and WARM Foundation orga­nized a dynam­ic event for men and women from all over the Balkan region and the world.  Over four days the Festival includ­ed six film pre­mieres, two exhi­bi­tion open­ings and ten edu­ca­tion­al events, pan­el ses­sions, and keynote speech­es. Over the course of sev­en days, the WARM Academy brought togeth­er 25 stu­dents (17 of whom were women), artists, jour­nal­ists, and media mak­ers from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkan region, and the rest of the world with the objec­tive to estab­lish a region­al and inter­na­tion­al plat­form that uses art, jour­nal­ism, mem­o­ry, and aca­d­e­m­ic research to edu­cate young peo­ple, artists, schol­ars, civ­il soci­ety lead­ers, and the gen­er­al pub­lic about con­tem­po­rary con­flict, con­flict pre­ven­tion, and mit­i­ga­tion, issues of remem­brance, deal­ing with the past, and the use of art in (post)-conflict set­tings.

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“What makes WARM Academy unique, for me, is bring­ing young peo­ple from the region to net­work and dis­cuss top­ics relat­ed to peace, con­flict pre­ven­tion and mit­i­ga­tion – top­ics that need to be a top pri­or­i­ty for all coun­tries in our region,” said one stu­dent from North Macedonia. Students are now work­ing in pairs and groups to devel­op their own artis­tic, com­mu­ni­ty projects and will be giv­en the oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case the work (pho­tog­ra­phy, text, and video) cre­at­ed at the spe­cial­ized web­site of the WARM Academy. In devel­op­ing this work, par­tic­i­pants have men­tor­ship sup­port from P-CRC and The WARM Foundation. Three projects will receive mon­e­tary grants to fur­ther devel­op their work and show­case it dur­ing the 7th WARM Festival in 2020. All par­tic­i­pants are part of the WARM, P-CRC and VII Academy net­work of fel­lows and activists for the years to come.