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Biennale of Western Balkans 2020 - Textile Month

Open Calls Results | Art Pluriverse Textile Month 2020

The Biennale of Western Balkans is happy to announce the selected applicants by the appointed committees of the 2 Open Calls launched for Textile Month, the first edition of Art Pluriverse – A Community Science Series.


Artist-Community Synergies Open Call Results

For the Artist-Community Synergies, the committee members

Dr. Janis Jefferies (Emeritus Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London)
OLOOP design group (artists: Tjaša Bavcon [MA], Jasmina Ferček [MA] and Katja Burger Kovič [Assistant Professor, University of Ljubljana])
Dr. Vassiliki Rokou (Emeritus Professor, University of Ioannina)

selected the following artists and weaving communities:

Artist Maria Juliana Byck community-Roma Community Office of Aliveri-Biennale of Western Balkans

Maria Juliana Byck will collaborate with the Roma Community Office of Aliveri, expanding upon the themes of her recent work which explores the potential of fashion to address social issues.


Artist Kostantinos Gkarametsis community-Rizarios Crafting School-Biennale of Western Balkans

Konstantinos Gkarametsis will collaborate with the Rizarios Crafting School of Monodendri with the project Text(f)iles, exploring the possibilities of traditional loom grids and patterns in relation to the digital matrix, aiming to create a connection between digital and physical craftworks.


Artist Mina Kouvara The Progressive Association of Xanthi

Mina Kouvara will collaborate with the Progressive Association of Xanthi FEX, attempting a deep mapping of characteristic textiles, in order to explore the multiple layers of their natural and cultural environment, the making processes, their uses, symbolisms and people related to them.


Artist Inês Neto dos Santos community-SEN Heritage Looms-Biennale of Western Balkans

Inês Neto dos Santos will collaborate with the SEN Heritage Looms, exploring connections between fermentation and textiles, by seeing the fermentation process as a signifier for community, collaboration and togetherness, and a means to express the importance of symbiosis.


Multimedia artist Maria Varela Bezi Metsovo Weaving Community

Maria Varela will be working with Bezi Metsovo, re-examining Metsovo’s traditional textiles, in order to design a new collaborative textile based on traditional weaving techniques, traditional textile structure and traditional design synthesis.


FAIR Community Archives Open Call Results

For the creation of the FAIR Community Archives, the committee members

Evelin Heidel (a.k.a. Scann, Open GLAM, Creative Commons
Dr. Cleo Gougoulis (Assistant Professor, University of Patras)
Dr. Dorina Xheraj-Subashi (Lecturer, University Aleksander Moisiu)

have selected the following researchers to document their community of choice:

Esma Adzhiieva & Vlada Fomina - ALEM NGO Tatar Women Community


Esma Adzhiieva & Vlada Fomina, documenting the Crimean Tatars of Ukraine, are members of the NGO “ALEM”, working on safeguarding practices for the Crimean Tatars’ ICH elements.






Kirila Cvetkovska

Kirila Cvetkovska, documenting the Rizarios Crafting School of Monodendri, is an independent cultural practitioner from North Macedonia, who is interested in the concepts of collective memory, loss and detachment, exploring cross-cultural values and their manifestation.






Eleonora Geortsiaki

Eleonora Geortsiaki, documenting the Roma Community Office of Aliveri, is a recent arts graduate, concentrating on the connection between nature and the human body, and the field of museum education.







Victoria Manganiello

Victoria Manganiello, documenting the SEN Heritage Looms, is an artist, educator, producer and collaborator, adjunct professor at NYU and Parsons the New School.







Cecilia Palmér

Cecilia  Palmér, documenting the Progressive Association of Xanthi, FEX, is a designer and technologist, working between crafts, fashion, digital transformation and sustainable development.