Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy)

My works I’m Safe (2016) and A Blonde Woman in a Red Dress and Bright Lipstick is Talking on the Phone and Smoking a Cigarette (2016) participate in Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy) project of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia – a parallel event in Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Western Balkans project.

Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy) transforms the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Arts Gallery into an interactive field for communication between artists and guests.

Building on the In Situ-Institute format developed in 2020 by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, where a group of 5 young artists lived and worked side by side in the gallery space, the project brings together artists from Bulgaria and beyond: to show, work and spend time together telling and listening to stories with artists and people from Kosovo and elsewhere. In the gallery space, all participants collectively examine the conditions and power dynamics of making, showing and viewing art. At the same time, they explore the politics of space and the role that narrative plays in the formation of and interaction between self and other. As a result, the exhibition display will evolve and change in time as an installation and list of works according to the process of interaction and reversal of roles between “hosts” and “guests”.

Participating Artists: Iskra Blagoeva, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mitch Brezounek, Mariela Gemisheva, Sophia Grancharova, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Nikola Mihov, Ivan Moudov, Maria Nalbantova, Elena Nazarova, Stefan Nikolaev, Aksiniya Peycheva, Martin Penev, Kiril Prashkov, Antoni Rayzhekov, Aaron Roth, Valentina Sciarra, Radostin Sedevchev, Kalin Serapionov, Dimitar Solakov, Nedko Solakov, Miryana Todorova, Krassimir Terziev, Dessislava Terzieva, and Alexander Valchev.

Venue #7, University of Prishtina – Faculty of Arts Gallery, Prishtina, July 22 – October 30, 2022

This exhibition platform is part of the Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Western Balkans Project: Co-Producing Common Space and Shaping Formations of Solidarity in the Western Balkans and beyond.

Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Western Balkans Project is co-funded by the European Union.