Manifesta, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art strives to promote contemporary arts as a force for social and economic change. The 14th edition will take place in Prishtina, Kosovo in 2022.
Manifesta 14 Prishtina, scheduled to take place in 2022, aims to support the citizens of Prishtina in their ambition to reclaim public space and to rewrite the future of their city as an open-minded metropolis in the heart of the Balkans. In a place where 50% of its hospitable population is younger than 25, where Ottoman architecture is mixed with post-war neo-liberal philosophy, there is a lot to discuss, there is a lot to do and there is a lot of public space to reclaim. Manifesta 14 hopes to provide Prishtina with the means to reconstruct, redefine and reclaim a radicalised and diverse public space.
As an integral part of Manifesta 14 Prishtina, the M14WB project aims to enlarge the outreach and duration of the European nomadic biennial by developing a cross-regional collaboration platform including a vast array of cultural and civic activities across the Western Balkans. Linking architecture, urban planning, human rights, arts and culture, the M14WB project animates the development of a new permanent institution for art and culture in Prishtina that researches, stimulates, and promotes processes of reconciliation in the region. The partner network of M14WB promotes a politics of care between different communities in the Western Balkans. The envisioned institution will address intercultural solidarity and co- existence and increase access to arts and education with specific attention to minority groups.
* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence