Public call for art projects in public space – Recognition of absence 2022

Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral Rijeka (Memorial center Lipa Remembers)
Application deadline: 30/08/22

The Lipa Remembers Memorial Center was opened in 2015 as a regional unit of the Rijeka Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Littoral. The center is dedicated to commemorating the suffering that happened in Lipa on April 30, 1944, when the Nazis and fascists killed 269 locals, mostly women, children and the elderly, and burned the entire place. In addition to developing a culture of remembrance at the national and international level, the Center is directed towards communicating the anti-war message and spreading the universal appeal of conscience. A necessary prerequisite for all that has been mentioned is knowing the extent of the loss and thinking about the following questions: How to outline the emptiness that followed the suffering? How can we make the absence of the victims of Lipjan a part of our existence today? How to understand the unimaginable and show what cannot be shown? We find the answers to the questions raised in the fifth consecutive series of artistic interventions in the public space of Lipa called “Recognition of Absence”.
Literal depiction of violence and suffering should be avoided. Starting from the assumption that by expanding the boundaries of art, we also expand the boundaries of knowledge, priority will be given to proposals that affirm experimental and intermediate artistic practices. At the same time, proposals are invited that will explore the reach of social influence that contemporary artistic practice has today – especially in relation to the understanding of difficult categories (trauma, suffering, genocide) and in relation to raising awareness and advocating desirable patterns of behavior. Achieving a social impact can also be achieved with a direct approach, through artistic projects based on social inclusion (community art) and cooperation with the local community. Finally, proposals are invited that will contribute to awareness of the symbolic potential of Lipa in contemporary peace-building processes.

Applications will be considered by a four-member jury: Ksenija Orelj, senior curator of the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art from Rijeka; Lillian Stošić, acting heads of the Conservation Department in Rijeka; Nikolina Radić Štivić, director of the Maritime and Historical Museum of the Croatian Coast in Rijeka, and Petra Maštrović Kušić, curator of the Lipa Pamti Memorial Center.

This year the jury will SELECT UP TO TWO WORKS among the applications received.
The call is open UNTIL AUGUST 30, 2022.
Notification of the accepted proposal will be published by mid-September 2022 on the website of the Lipa Remembers Memorial Center,, while the selected author will be contacted personally via e-mail.
The time of presentation of the projects will be in the period FROM OCTOBER 1 TO 15, 2022.

The location of the projects is public spaces in Lipa. Lipa is a small town with about a hundred inhabitants, located 27 kilometers in the hinterland of the city of Rijeka, on the very border of Croatia and Slovenia. During the Second World War, the place was the scene of a Nazi crime against humanity, so today it is protected as a cultural asset in the category of memorial places. Accordingly, the proposed art projects must be temporary, reversible (removable) and non-invasive to the public space in which they intervene.

Only new, previously unrealized works can be proposed.
Only one work can be submitted to the competition.
Applications are sent by e-mail to the address with the indication “Recognizing the Absence Competition”. The contact person is Petra Maštrović Kušić,, +385(0)51732239
Applications without the required documentation will not be considered by the jury, considering them incomplete.
The selected proponents are obliged to personally come to Lipa in the specified period for the purpose of production and presentation of the project.
The fee per project is HRK 5,000.00 gross (regardless of whether it is an artistic collective or an individual artist). The maximum amount for the production of an individual project is HRK 5,000.00 gross.
The organizer provides accommodation in Lipa.
The organizer is unable to bear the travel expenses of the authors.

Completed application form. Download the application form at the link.
A description that will allow the jury to see the proposed work through appropriate documentation (sketch, photo, video, etc.)
Technical description of the performance with the planned location and duration (method of installation and removal of work and list of necessary equipment)
Cost estimate for project implementation
Download the detailed documentation at the link.
The documentation contains a more extensive insight into the historical circumstances of the suffering on April 30, 1944, as well as visual material that will familiarize applicants with the appearance of the place today.

Artworks realized through last year’s public calls can be viewed at the following links:

Year 2018. LINK 1 LINK 2

Year 2019. LINK 1 LINK 2

Year 2020. LINK 1 LINK 2

Year 2021. LINK 1 LINK 2

The program is financed by the funds of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Primorje-Gorski Kotar County and the Municipality of Matulji.

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