‘(Re)addressing Mostar. Global Imaginaries, Local Activisms’

Giulia Carabelli

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Abstract

This article examines how artistic interventions in public space become worlding practices that challenge established, global representations of cities. Focusing on Mostar, an ethnically divided city in Bosnia-Herzegovina, the essay contrasts the global representation of the city as intolerant and uncooperative to the worlding practices of Abart, a collective whose art interventions make visible moments of solidarity among supposedly antagonistic actors. Through the mobilization of Lefebvre’s core concepts of the production of space and heterotopia, this article explores how Abart navigates global funding streams through the reappropriation
of donors’ vocabulary as a means of countering their dominant narratives that
limit the very potentials of urban activism. Thus, Mostar’s network of activists constitutes a significant example of grassroots actors critically intervening into the ‘art of being global’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-164
JournalJournal of Urban Cultural Studies
Volume5
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2018

Keywords

  • Mostar
  • site-specific art
  • heterotopia
  • Henri Lefebvre
  • worlding

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