The 2020 edition of the Biennale of Western Balkans seeks to uplift intangible heritage and empower communities of practice, by documenting cultural knowledge in open, ethical and participatory ways.

The Craft Atlas founder Cecilia Palmér is a participant researcher of the current Biennale of Western Balkans programme Art Pluriverse, working together with Progressive Union of Xanthi (FEX) and an international group of artists and researchers and Greek weaving communities to create community archives of intangible cultural heritage.

“Through community science, we aim to raise awareness towards the future of textile crafts along community building and socially engaging practices, where traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions are valued and safeguarded as a critical part for the development of sustainably aware cultures.”

The Biennale curatorial team 

This 1st edition of the programme focuses on textiles, their communities of practice and artistic heritage in the Balkan region. The programme supports the co-creation of research-based artworks through artists-communities synergies and the development of digital community archives based on FAIR and Open GLAM practices, allowing communities to take ownership of their own historical representations as a means of empowerment.

See the programme and follow @bowb.biennaleofwesternbalkans.