Future Heritage Collection #2
Future Heritage Collection #2 is a participatory project involving citizens and visitors of Sarajevo who were asked to select artifacts that they personally consider to be an important part of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s cultural heritage. The project is aimed at raising awareness about the acute crisis of the country’s cultural institutions and fostering an understanding about politics of cultural heritage more broadly. What is to be done, when cultural institutions of a city, region or country like Bosnia-Herzegovina are no longer able to gather and protect cultural heritage systematically?
Advertised through a public call, citizens of Sarajevo were invited to assemble the Future Heritage Collection — they were asked to become collectors of their own cultural heritage and to bring in exponent as symbolic contributions for the Future Heritage Collection, without political or national filter. Anyone could contribute to the collection and bring in objects: these could be recognizable objects of art and culture, but also objects of everyday life, household goods, furniture, items of clothing, handicraft, books, poems … the introduced objects were collected, displayed, photographed and cataloged during the international theater festival MESS in Sarajevo, and then returned to their owners.
The project builds on the concept of my previous Future Heritage Collection 1.
Azra Akšamija, Future Heritage Collection #2, 2014
Mixed-media: temporary office, collection of objects, forms, tags, photographs, posters, website, postcards.
Credits: Future Heritage Collection #2 initiated and conceived by Azra Akšamija. Produced in collaboration with Lejla Hodžić (Sarajevo) and Center for Contemporary Art (Graz). Exhibition and Collection Office: JAVA Gallery Sarajevo. Graphic Design: Sandro Drinovac. Photos Velija Hasanbegović. FHC Office: Dina Cerić and Semir M. Dedeić. Translations: Esma Zlatar. Thanks to all collection contributors. Financial Support: “Year of Commemoration 2014” by the Office of the Regional Government of Styria, Department Culture, Europe and International Affairs.