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False Clouds

The exhibition «False Clouds» highlights different forms of environmental pollution.
National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 September — 20 October 2022
opening: 9 September 2022

curated by Gabriela Manda Seith

Goethe Institut Bosnien und Herzegowina

Sarajevo often disappears for days under a blanket of clouds, against the meteorological forecast of sunny weather. One may speak of them as «false clouds» made up not only of condensation of aerosols, but of harmful fine particles. While false clouds deceive, art can make visible how environmental pollution harms Earth and her species. The exhibition «False Clouds» investigates the chimneys that create and blow out these delusive clouds. They consist of acid rain droplets seeping into the soil, industrial sewage flowing into rivers, fine particles reaching the bloodstream of living beings, or microplastics we inhale and find their way into plants through their roots. These kinds of pollution often remain invisible, and thus, we rarely attribute to them the damage they cause. The artworks in this exhibition highlight different forms of environmental pollution both locally and globally, focusing on postwar Bosnia. Here, privatization of heavy industry, urban transformation, lack of governmental measures and neocolonial exploitation by international investors are among the major causes of environmental violence.

Accompanying the exhibition at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a discursive side program explores these issues through film screenings and panel discussions at the Kino Meeting Point and the Urban Design Studio Sarajevo, lecture performances, workshops for children and guided tours. In these different formats, «False Clouds» combines artistic, activist, scientific and socio-political approaches to make visible what industrialists, politicians and lobbyists usually downplay: the clouds that poison the environment and obfuscate us of their toxic nature.

«False Clouds» is a project by EUNIC Sarajevo — the Goethe-Institut, the Austrian Cultural Forum Sarajevo, the Institut Français Sarajevo, the Swedish Institute, the Embassy of Sweden and the Embassy of Spain to Bosnia and Herzegovina — in cooperation with the Heinrich Böll Foundation Sarajevo. EUNIC — the European Union National Institutes for Culture — is Europe’s network of 36 national cultural institutes and organizations from all EU member states and associated countries.

4th edition

Borders and Migrations

9 – 20 August 2021

Kuma International

3rd edition



Sarajevo, 10-15 August 2020
Application deadline: 25 July 2020

Applications are now open for the third edition of Kuma International Summer School on Contemporary Art from Bosnia and Herzegovina – which will be held in Sarajevo this August in partnership with the WARM Foundation and with the generous support of Open Society Fund BiH, Porticus, and VII Academy.

This year’s Summer School takes place 25 years after the genocide in Srebrenica and the end of the Bosnian War in 1995 – a grim anniversary that holds significance for many of the region’s artists and cultural workers. The program will provide a glimpse into the impact of the recent past as well as the current state of social and political affairs on local aesthetics and visual narratives.

While the Summer School will focus on the cultural significance of the end of the Bosnian War and its long-lasting consequences, it will also touch on the role of art in the present time of collective vulnerability, which has been worsened by the ongoing worldwide health crisis. This year’s program will examine artistic practices that address issues of fear, isolation, and loss as it searches for an answer to the question: “What is the role of the arts in times of crisis?”

The six-day course will be a visual journey through the country’s recent past, from 1992 to the end of the war in 1995 and up to today. It will address questions of aesthetics in the aftermath of violence, while also exploring memory, the idea of belonging, and the ongoing quest for identity. Participants will be challenged and inspired by some of the region’s most renowned artists, who will demonstrate the ways they’ve used their work to address the political turmoil then and now.

Participants will have the opportunity not only to get acquainted with local art and history and increase their critical awareness and civic responsibility, but they will also immerse themselves in the local cultural and social environment. They will be able to explore Sarajevo “25 years after,” and meet the protagonists of the local cultural scene while learning how to activate resilience through art during uncertain times.

Kuma International Summer School will be realized in partnership with the WARM Academy, a multidisciplinary, multimedia, educational, and training program implemented by the WARM Foundation in 2019. This year’s edition of the WARM Academy will focus on the role of reporters, artists, and academics in times of global crisis. Participants will be able to attend lectures from both events.


 · Due to this year’s critical circumstances, participation in Kuma International Summer School is free of charge. Due to the restrictions related to COVID-19, admission will be reserved for up to 20 participants.

 · Participation is based on a selection process. To apply, please send a motivation letter and current CV to before July 25 2020 or fill in the application form.

 · Participants are responsible for the arrangement and costs of their accommodation, travel, and living expenses.

 · The working language is English.

 · Participants are required to attend at least 80% of the Summer School to be awarded a certificate of completion.

Please note that Kuma International plans to adjust the implementation of the Summer School as needed in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation and to follow the epidemiological requirements and restrictions. Kuma International reserves the right to cancel the event should circumstances outside of our control prevent its safe and responsible implementation.

Kuma Summer School 2020



The exhibition For a Human Geography of War contrasts the common concept of war and post-war geography (in our culture, analyzed through an aerial and detached vision), proposing a new approach: the artists’ perspective blends natural element and human experience, revealing the possibility of a vision of geography which is different from the one, coldly geopolitical, that looks “from above” to the borders, and denies the movement and trauma inscribed in the borders.
In the exhibition, material artworks and sound works recount the human exodus through the continents, provocative new dada and video artworks unveil the still untold “B sides” of such human settlement processes; the artists, between past and future, investigate, denounce, suggest, and bring us in contact with the experience of conflict.

On show, works by: Francisco Goya, Enes Zuljevic, Gail Ritchie, Maria Dabrowski, Teresa Abad-Carles, Giada Pianon, Jason File, Wendimangen Belete Maresha, Joshua Cesa, Lang Ea.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on Saturday 19th January at 6.00 pm at the B # S Gallery. For the occasion, a short talk with the artists, and a performance by Marta Lodola, Actions Against Borders # 1 Breaking Point: the performance is the result of a week of site-specific work in the local  area (the performance is a number closed, only accompanied minors are allowed).

B#Side War

Kuma International in partnership with the WARM Foundation and Brodac Gallery presents one-week intensive course on contemporary art from Bosnia and Herzegovina, focusing on visual art, design, photography, film and theatre from a post-conflict society. Participation is open to graduates and postgraduates from the relevant disciplines, as well  as art historians, curators, artists and museum professionals, and all people interested in training and developing new skills while experiencing a new and exciting learning environment in Sarajevo, the vibrant capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sarajevo Storage – Collection Pierre Courtin

Started in 2001 in Paris, the Collection Pierre Courtin consists today of a bit more than 350 pieces representing the work of about 200 artists, young and established ones coming from Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and elsewhere.

Half of this collection is currently stocked in Paris. Some extracts of the collection have been presented in Grenoble OUI art center  in 2009, in Chicoutimi Bang art center in 2012 and on many occasions set at the Duplex100m2 Gallery.

The exhibition inside the National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina in June 2018, « Sarajevo Storage – Collection Pierre Courtin » present art works and objets kept in the depot in Sarajevo and essentially presents the works obtained within these five last years spent in Sarajevo.

There can be found works testifying an affiliation or particular attachment to Bosnian capital, contemporary local scene, and a strong link with a history of Duplex100m2.

The exhibition is supported by the Agnès b Fondation, the Superstrat N.G.O , the WARM Sarajevo festival, the French Institute in Sarajevo and the National Gallery of Bosnia & Herzegovina.

Special thanks to Lucia Gigli, Jean-François Daoulas, Sébastien Roux, Andrej Ðerković and Nina Knežević.

Join us for the opening reception at the National Gallery of BiH, June 14th 2018 at 20:00.

The exhibition will be open until July 6th 2018.


Gordana Anđelić-Galić ; Martin Argyroglo ; Enki Bilal ; Eloïse Bollack ; Stéphane Bonjour ; Julien Boily ; Mathieu Boisadan ; Igor Bošnjak ; Kurt Van Brijs ; Lana Čmajčanin ; Lejla Čmajčanin ; Enrico Dagnino ; Dante Buu ; Baptiste Debombourg ; Andrej Ðerković ; diSTRUKTURA ; Elvis Dolić ; Goran Dragaš ; Dženat Dreković ; Alma Gačanin ; Ziyah Gafić ; Going Blind ; Jusuf Hadžifejzović ; Trio – Bojan Hadžihalilović & Dada Hadžihalilović ; Dženan Hadžihasanović ; Anur Hadžiomerspahić ; Nela Hasanbegović ; Ibro Hasanović ; Ivan Hrkaš ; Mak Hubjer ; Louis Jammes ; Taida Jašarević ; Kasja Jerlagić ; Sanjin Jukić ; Adela Jušić ; Andy Kania ; Šejla Kamerić ; Nina Komel ; Milomir Kovačević ; Aleksandra Nina Knežević ; Smirna Kulenović; Kosta Kulundžić ; MARS, Fred Landois ; Camille Laurelli ; Alexandre Leroy ; Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout ; Aleksandra Lopatić ; LPLT ; Miodrag Manojlović ; Mariane Marić ; Jim Marshall ; Karine Maussière ; Vladimir Miladinović ; Mladen Miljanović ; Radenko Milak ; Nicolas Mingasson ; Hector Morić ; Malcolm McClay ; Bruce Nauman ; Thomas Nolf ; Nika Oblak & Primoz Novak ; Damir Nikšić ; Edo  Numankadić ; Emir Osmić ; Renata Papišta ; Daniel Premec ; Nihad Nino Pušija ; Damir Radović ; Lala Raščić ; Maja Ružnić ; Damir Šagolj ; Selma Selman ; Nebojša Šerić-Shoba ; Irena Sladoje ; Bojan Stojčić ; Alma Suljević ; Selman Trtovac ; Unknown Autor ; Roman Uranjek ; Mathieu Valade ; Edo Vejselović ; Jean-Luc Verna ; Moren Vogel ; Dragan Vojvodić; Nardina Zubanović ; Enes Zuljević


Marina Abramović ; Saâdane Afif ; Alexis Argyroglo ; Ambrosia ; Andreas B ; Szombathy Bálint ; Basserode ; Taysir Batniji ; Viktor Bernik ; Joseph Beuys ; Christiana Biron ; Spartacus Chetwynd ; Daniel Clapp ; Clôde Coulpier ; Enrico Dagnino ; Stéphane Déplan ; Adela Jušić & Danijela Dugandžić ; David Cousinard & Sarah Fauguet ; Robert Filliou ; Gilbert & George ; Gaëlle Le Guillou ; Jusuf Hadžifejzović ; Zlatan Hadžifejzović ; Ibro Hasanović ; Jonathan Horowitz ; Kurt & Plasto ; Laura Kuusk ; Laibach ; Irena Eden & Stijn Lernout ; Camille Laurelli ; Hubert Marcelly ; Jonathan Monk ; Damir Nikšić ; NSK ; Eléonore Pano-Zavaroni ; Daniel Premec ; Damir Radović ; Gérard Rondeau ; Mathias Roth ; SCCA ; Richard Serra ; Andres Serrano ; Dario Smentisco ; Robert Smithson ; Dajan Spirić ; Selman Trtovac ; Unknown Author ; Ulay / Uwe Laysiepen ; Roman Uranjek ; Dahn Vô ; Milorad Vušanin Cujo; Yoko Ono