July 2003

Balkan Dreams

Balkan Dreams was a B+B at home event with Edina Husanovic on Thursday 10 July 2003 at the Austrian Cultural Forum. Traditional Bosnian pie made by the artist was served!

The journey through the Balkans began with the film '10 o'clock', a documentation of the artists' travels through the Balkans in the summer of 2002. This edited version of the travel diaryintroduced other projects by Edina Husanovic, such as a a simultaneous action project and the video installation 'Majka'.

'Majka' in Bosnian language means mother and grandmother. The installation was constructed from the footage of the artists' grandmother making a traditional Bosnian pie, or pita, famous for its skin thin pastry.

The journey through the Balkans continued with the presentation of the artists' research project 'Cultural networks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia' which investigates the relationship between the policy of promoting cultural bridges in this war-traumatised region in transition and the opinion of the local artists. The presentation showed findings from the field study and interviews with artists from the eight cities of the region. This was followed by a discussion and drinks.


Edina Husanovi was born in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1976, and has been living in the UK since 1995. After graduating from a degree in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University in 2000, she studied for MA in Cultural Policy and Management at Sheffield Hallam University. She is expected to graduate in November 2003.

The subject of her research was the cultural networks in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. It involved extensive field research of local artists' opinions on the policy of promoting cultural networks in the region. The research project led to the international arts project Imaginary Boundaries for which Edina Husanovic acted as the lead artist, with the support of Site Gallery in Sheffield.

She has exhibited internationally, most recently at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London.