THE BORDER IS CLOSED
an exhibition about migrations and identities
“The Border is Closed” is the collaborative project of the Museum of African Art and the NGO – Group 484 with Belgrade-based artists: Snežana Skоkо, Luka Knеžеvić Strika, the art collective „ШКАРТ” and theatre and radio director Ivana Bogićević-Lеkо.
Working with migrants in the asylum protection centres in Serbia over the course of several years, the artists have created mixed-media artworks such as “migrant maps”, written and illustrated works on textiles and an interactive application. The exhibition is complemented with authentic audio recordings – stories/statements/testimonies of asylum seekers, capturing the female side of migrations as well. Also part of the exhibition is a unique board-game created by asylum seekers in one of the camps. Its name – The Border is Closed, inspired the making of this exhibition.
Exhibiton Curators: Ivana Vojt & Emilia Epštajn
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The Museum of African Art is introducing a special program for the elderly
The Museum of African Art in collaboration with the Faculty for Culture and Media and the Gerontological Society of Serbia has developed the socially engaged project: “MAA for all, all to the MAA: special program for the elderly” in order to support the integration and active participation of the older generations in cultural programs. The project is supported by the Balkan Museum Network, Cultural Heritage without Borders and the Government of Sweden.
The programs of the Museum are intended for different age and other status groups. In order to make the contents of the Museum accessible to our elderly citizens and so as to aid their movement through the exhibition space, the MAA is in the process of implementing special handrails and wheelchair ramps. In the coming period, curators of the Museum and student-volunteers will visit homes for the elderly held by the Gerontological Center in Belgrade, where they will present the programs of the Museum and hold special clay sculpture workshops. With the finalization of the project, free visits and programs for the elderly will be implemented in the Museum’s offer on a regular basis.
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“Music of West Africa: Four instruments from the Museum of African Art collection”
by: Srđаn Тunić
This book is based on the curatorial thesis "The Music of Africa: a perspective in the interpretation of traditional African musical instruments and their contemporary meaning based on the collection of the Museum of African Art in Belgrade". The topic of this spеciаl еditiоn titled “Music of West Africa...” summarises the complex and rich musical creativity of the western parts of the African continent by referring to 4 examples from the museum’s collection: the kora, tama, balafon and lamella.
Srđаn Тunić is an art historian who spent several years working at the Museum of African Art. He is one of the instigators of the museological phenomenon - KUSTOSIRANJE.
Currently he is in Mexico actively developing his curatorial career.
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There is a Swahili proverb: MTU NI WATU, which means A PERSON IS PEOPLE.
By learning Swahili, different customs, temperaments and behaviours are better understood.
Swahili, or Kiswahili, belongs to the Bantu language family, a large family of languages spoken across a large area of sub-Saharan Africa. Throughout the centuries, Swahili spread through the trade among different peoples and nations. In both Tanzania and Kenya, Swahili is a national language, however it is spoken by millions more across Eastern, Central and Southern Africa: in Uganda, Burundi, Somalia, Mozambique and South Africa.
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