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Based on artwork quality and feasibility, resources and context of Ars Kozara, we have selected the following artists for 8th Ars Kozara:

  1. Dajana Durić i Jelena Batelić (Rijeka / Labin, Hrvatska)
  2. Đurđica Bjelošević (Banja Luka, B&H)
  3. Fredone Fone i Joana Quiroga (Vitória / Serra, Brazil)
  4. Giacomo Regallo (Carnate, Italija)
  5. Nikolina Butorac (Zagreb, Hrvatska)
  6. Udruženje Polimorf (Beograd, Srbija)
  7. Udruženje likovnih stvaralaca Rizba (Trebinje, B&H)
  8. Sandy Ding (Peking, Kina)
  9. Sunčica Pasuljević Kandić (Lukićevo, Srbija)


To all other artists, we are thanking for your interest and time, and we are encouraging you to continue to follow the work of Ars Kozara and apply in 2016.

Ars Kozara team and jury:

Nemanja Čađo, Andrej Bereta, Srđan Tunić

24.07.2015 Prijedor (BiH), Mexico City (MX)



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8th ArsKozara (2015)

Ars Kozara is both Art in nature laboratory and AIR (Artists in residence) program. It is being held at the National Park “Kozara” from 2007, in Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It has been conceptualized as an unique “open air gallery” in the Balkan and more, with artworks exhibited alongside the paths of locality Glavuša. This manifestation has been initiated and led by Visual Artists Group Tač.ka from Prijedor.

Reasons for absence of Bosnia and Herzegovina, or more precisely not existing Pavillion on 56th Venice Biennale raised questions as: is it a symbolic and visible outcome of dysfunctional and oversized burden filled with politico-historical consequences of a state such as Bosnia and Herzegovina? Also, it is a point where we might ask ourselves again about the 19th century’s concept of such huge international exhibitions, driven on one hand on each country’s national pride, and through selection of appointed curator(s). Who is selected, what is represented, what can we see, what kind of selection- how much does it represent art world nowadays and globally and which parts of it, and why in such manner?

We plan to react and think about o absence of Bosnia and Herzegovina's Pavillion at 56th Venice Biennial on mountain Kozara. We still do not know what it is going to look like, but it will be our creative answer on listed questions, and many that we would raise during two week program, while our selected artists brainstorm, discuss, vividly exchanging and developing ideas, in a search for a visualized co- creation.

Ars Kozara is both inspired by and based in “art in nature” concept. By developing artworks from natural materials, the artists are giving up absolute control over their creative process, allowing the nature to take over the further appearance and destiny of the works. Materials for artworks are being provided on site and from the National park Kozara.

Ars Kozara is not making any limitations regarding artistic discipline or media. Therefore, contemporary, multimedia, visual, eco-orientated or new media practices are welcomed. However, artworks following “art in nature” conceptual basis will be preferred (whether installations, video art, relational art, performance art, critical research, among others).

Mountain Kozara has a specific heritage from WWII (“Kozara offensive”) and a rich ecology, accompanied by a natural park and a cultural heritage complex (Museum “Mrakovica” and monument of Dušan Džamonja). Artists are welcomed to explore this context and propose artworks referring to them, however it is not mandatory.

We are looking for: Artists and art professionals (up to 40 years old) willing to create and co- create in biodegradable materials, inspired with “art in nature” concept or using mountain Kozara setting (and heritage) as the base of their work.

The Art laboratory/ AIR offers: Production, accommodation, food (three meals daily) and refreshment, local transportation according to program activities, technical and logistic support, promotion, documentation.

What we need from the artists: To develop one new artwork individually and participate in a joint, site-specific work. All artworks need to be finalized during the art laboratory and they will become a part of “open art gallery” at locality Glavuša on mountain Kozara, together with other realized works from previous years.


7th ArsKozara (2014)


Ars Kozara 2014 (23rd – 31st August) brought two new collaborative artworks to the National Park– an installation “spontaneous art” (Samonikla umjetnost) and a mural “Jam session”. Additionally, a presentation and a discussion were made in The Museum of Contemporary Art of Republika Srpska in Banja Luka (18th September). The program consisted of a presentation of Ars Kozara as a unique art laboratory in nature in the Balkans, an cross-section of artistic productions from the laboratory, the concept evolution, the place of the artworks in the natural surroundings and how the two relate to each other. A public tour of Ars Kozara was organized for students of the Independent University of Banja Luka (painting department, 1st November). Andrej Bereta, curator of 7th Ars Kozara, held a presentation about Ars Kozara, the visual arts collective Tač.ka and his curatorial experience at Vilnius University, Kaunas faculty of humanities and the University of Latvia. Charlotte Whelan, a geographer from London (University College London) who is conducting research on contemporary art practices, their context and politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with a special focus on work of Tač.ka and Ars Kozara production, also participated in the 7th edition of the laboratory.
The participants and artworks of Ars Kozara 2014 were: Aleksa Gajić - “Smile”; Goran Čupić - “Crack” (Pukotina); Miodrag Jović and Davor Paponja - “The children of Kozara” (Djeca Kozare); Aleksandra Kukoljac - “Un-understanding” (Razrazumljavanje); Bojan Matović Fligler and Melita Matović Fligler - “You are part of the nature”; Irena Mirković - “I” (Roman numbering one); Bojana Radenović - “Sky in Earth” (Nebo u zemlji); Vladimir Sekulić - “Welcome”, Ivana Živković and Tanja Marić - “Desecration” (Skrnavljenje) and Danka Terzić and Suzana Vulović - “The life and death of a human and a tree” (Život i smrt čoveka i drveta).



"Self grown art"



Mural "Jam Session"



6th ArsKozara (2013)


For the international open call for participants for Ars Kozara 2013 there were 35 projects from 38 authors submitted from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Germany and France. An extended program covered not only panels and theoretical discussions, but also the successful realization of two large-scale joint projects “Labyrinth” (Lavirint) and a mural “Kozaračko kolo”. In this edition there was the notable presence of a group called “Kozara section”, and the curatorial duo of Andrej Bereta and Srđan Tunić with their project “Kustosiranje/About and around curating” from Belgrade.
The artistic jury selected the following: Goran Čupić - “Moving” (Kretanje); Tamara Đorđević, Bojana Tamindžija and Dušan Marinković – “Kozara section” (Kozaračka sekcija); Miodrag Jović - “X'mas Tree”; Sanja Tomašević - “Everywhere and Nowhere”; Vladimir Bjeličić - “Mirko and Slavko – illegal emotions” (Mirko i Slavko - ilegalne emocije); Danijela Cvjetan – “Nomad art” and Miloš Vučićević - “Rat” (Pacov).



Mural "Kozaračko kolo"






5th ArsKozara (2012)


Ars Kozara 2012 was held from 17th till 26th August at the Glavuša site and other locations around Kozara National Park. The curator was Amalija Stojsavljević, an art historian from Pančevo, Serbia. Apart from classical installations and sculptures, Ars Kozara 2012 expanded the field of interest to include conceptual art, video art, relational art, photography, critical essays, experimental poetry and research.
At the 5th edition, in additio to the organizers, artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia were present: Marko Crnobrnja - “Exit”, “Resource”; Đorđe Stanojević - “Traces are mine but not the snow” (Tragovi su moji ali ne i snijeg); Bojana Tamindžija - “Grave” (Grob), “Kozara herald” (Kozarski vjesnik); Vladimir Klepić - “Political landscape” (Politički pejsaž); Nina Komel - “Non-alignment” (Nesvrstanost), “Rebus”; Ninoslav Kovačević - “Suspended freedom” (Uslovna sloboda), “Ideological print” (Ideološki otisak), “Cornerstone” (Kamen temeljac); Goran Čupić - “Hive” (Košnica); Davor Paponja - “Nature has teeth” (Priroda ima zube), “A family of trunks” (Porodica stabala), “Lovers” (Ljubavnici); Igor Sovilj - three diptychs  “Find the intruder” (Pronađi uljeza); Nemanja Čađo - “A shelter for future generations” (Sklonište za buduća pokoljenja); Mladen Bundalo and Dajan Špirić - “Sculptures, installations and artworks are under video surveillance” (Skulpture, instalacije i radovi su pod video nadzorom).



4th ArsKozara (2011)


From 2011, Ars Kozara participants were able to include other medias as well (such as performance, video, photography, panel discussions), in an attempt to deepen research of the surroundings, based in perspectives which are not exclusively projected or materialized via natural materials or a formal approach. The whole process could be seen as expanding on and complementing the art narratives of the laboratory. This year was a great challenge for the capabilities and will of the organizers, therefore only three artworks were realized: Nemanja Čađo - (untitled), Dragan Inđić - “Mile and Ljilja” and the first audio-video document by Mladen Bundalo and Lucie Bundalo – “Traces of a daily discourse, though fragments of ritual objects” (Tragovi diskursa svakodnevnice, kroz fragmente ritualnih objekata).



3rd ArsKozara (2009)


Ars Kozara 2009, the third art in nature laboratory, was held from 20th to 30th July with an accompanying program of: presentations of the art in nature project “Opera Bosco” from Italy, the documentary film “The circle of remembrance” (Krug sjećanja) of Andre Rossini, the project “Memory” (Sjećanje) by Simona Malavoti, the documentary film “Prijedor – memories” (Prijedor – Sjećanja) by Mladen Bundalo, Dajan Špirić and Miodrag Nikolić, a lecture “Taiji yoga - relaxation wellness and art therapy” by Željko Aničić, as well as the art in nature project “Straw” (Slama) from Croatia. Artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Croatia, Italy and France were living and working together for ten days, fostering solidary and free communication, as well as forming a dialogue with the nature of Kozara.
The selected artists and their works were: Anne Demijttenaere – (untitled); Igor Bošnjak - “A tomb for Boris Davidovič” (Grobnica za Borisa Davidoviča); Lana Čmajčanin and Nela Hasanbegović - “Sanctuary” (Utočište); Nela Hasanbegović - “Healing” (Iscjeljenje); Milijana Grabovica and Nemanja Čađo – (untitled); Nemanja Čađo - “People from Kozara” (Kozarčani); Nikola Faller and Boris Sekulić - “Chandelier” (Luster); Vanja Perović - “Electric chair” (Električna stolica); Clement Postec, Lea Colin, Arnaud Ledoux and Pauline Delwaulle - “Topographic lines” (Topografske linije).



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Catalog "Ars Kozara08 & 09"


2nd ArsKozara (2008)


Ars Kozara 2008 was held from 20th August to 1st October. Additional to the art laboratory at Glavuša, the programme of the second Ars Kozara was marked by a presentation at the Museum “Mrakovica” – located at Kozara - of “” – a videoart festival from Trebinje, prepared by Igor Bošnjak - and the presentation: “Art behind the lock” (Umetnost iza brave) by Milivoje Kostić.
The selected participants and their works were: Aleksandra Acić - “Bell” (Zvono); Gorana Bosnić - “Chairs” (Stolice); Jelena Predragović – “Eye” (Oko), “Vagina”; Ljubica Tankosić – “Branches” (Grane), “Sunflowers” (Suncokreti); Milivoje Kostić - “Flags” (Zastave); Nina Dakić – Verse from Dragan Kolundžija's poem; Sonja Rapajić - “Kolo”; Vesna Zarev and Zoran Vranešević - “Flow” (Protok).





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1st ArsKozara (2007)

Ars Kozara is an art in nature laboratory held in Kozara National Park since 2007. It was conceptualized as an “open air gallery”, with artworks exhibited along the paths of the Glavuša area. The project was started by the visual arts collective Tač.ka from Prijedor, comprised of artists from the cities of Prijedor and Banja Luka (Republika Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina).
Ars Kozara started in 2007 as an experimental art laboratory in nature with a central aim being to refine the surroundings of Kozara mountain. The role of the organizers and participants was to question the singularities of that very space. In one week though they came to realize that refinement is not as applicable as the environment's need for protection and highlighting of the specific context. By developing artworks from natural materials, the artists gave up absolute control over their creative process, allowing nature to take over the appearance and fate of the works.
The first artists to create works at Glavuša were: Boris Eremić – “Traces” (Tragovi); Dajan Špirić - “amBROZija”, “On our own” (Svoji na svome); Dragan Inđić - “Hoop” (Obruč); Igor Sovilj - “Composition II” (Kompozicija II); Jelena Preradović - “Necklace” (Ogrlica); Jovana Marjanović - “Awakening” (Buđenje), “Kolo”, “Pyramid” (Piramida); Milica Tošić - “Pandora's box (Pandorina kutija); Milijana Grabovica - “House” (Kuća); Mladen Bundalo – “Geometry” (Geometrija), “Back to roots” (Vraćanje korijenima); Radomir Knežević - “Gate” (Kapija); Sanja Kovačić - “Pendulum” (Klatno), “Us three and TV” (Nas tri i TV); Tihomir Ilijašević - “Bows and arrows” (Lukovi i strijele).

Art in Nature

The most simple answer to those questioning the meaningfulness of the first land art laboratory on Kozara mountain would be that it tries to enrich its natural environment. The first laboratory is meant to be experimental not without reason. The organizers and the participants had the primary role to investigate the features of the environment in which the laboratory is to be held every next year. Therefore, beside a number of material artifacts, the result of this first laboratory is one new experience accompanied with several new informations that caused the redefinition of the starting idea on the meaning and objective of the laboratory. The truth is that Kozara mountain has no need for enrichments of any kind, in first place thanks to its rich biodiversity and its glorius past. What this enviroment is actually crying for is the apprecitaion and protection. The monument on Kozara wont be able to compete much longer with the horizontal monumentality of the landfill created nearby while the descendants of the warriors, whose names are today inscribed in the walls of the memorial, perceive this ex-battlefield as a synonym for a "no man's excursion and picnic site". On the other hand, there is countless possible measures to preserve Kozara's natural beauty. The most extreme one, and not the worst one taking into account the direct results it could offer, would be to forbid the visitors from entering the memorial area. The idea of the organizers of this laboratory is, however, also extreme but maybe more sustainable. Creating artworks of natural materials found in the area of National park offers the visitors a different perception of their natural environment. The artists involved give over the right of finishing the artwork to the nature that decides according to its own laws. Therefore the materials and the space that the artists use are only seemingly physical. Plastic bags that the visitors leave in the natural environment of the Park reveal the existance of the plastic disorder in their mental landscape that becomes the real area of intervention of our artists. Physical removal of the irregularities in such an environment is out of the question. The only considerable field of action is spiritual and therefore the methods have to be of the same nature. An artwork created here, with its composition, size, or some other quality, directs the attention of the visitors on the surrounding environment. The strict use of natural materials and its destiny once the artwork is "finished" gives also a clear, sometimes subconscious message that we are part of the nature and have to live in harmony with it. The project Ars Kozara 2007 hasn't been created all of a sudden. It's the result of almost a decade long decentralized cooperation between Trentino Province and Prijedor. For the first time, thanks to this project, the association Arte Sella has been involved as well as the Association Project Prijedor (as cofinancers) and National Park Kozara and Ministry of Education and Culture of Republic of Srpska as main sponsors. Including other different partners in achieving the main goals of the laboratory will be our practice in the future too. Investing in any area of human activity must include not only material but also what we call spiritual means of action. Without that the financial investing becomes nothing but a cultural holesterol that could make this project become nothing more but one of our many "obese" cultural manifestations.
In all this reflection on spaces there is one more to be mentioned. It's a space given to young people and their ideas, that is more than narrow at present time. Therefore we hope this project will serve as a good example to all those who decide about the dimensions of that space.

Igor Sovilj, October 2007


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