“I Sing the Body Electric, the Armies of Those I love” – artistic journey began at the Barabar Centre

In the Barabar Centre in Pristina, the artistic scene came to life through the exhibition “I Sing the Body Electric, the Armies of Those I Love”. This exhibition by young artists from Kosovo represents an exceptionally inspiring artistic journey that began on October 4, 2023.

The opening of the exhibition attracted hundreds of visitors who had the opportunity to view paintings, photographs, and sculptures by promising artists. These young talents gathered under the “ArtSphere” project, enabling them to showcase their creative works to a wider audience.

The “ArtSphere” project emerged from an awareness of the challenges young artists in Kosovo face. Its goal is to overcome barriers and create an ecosystem that supports artists, empowering them to be catalysts for positive social change. This exhibition brought together over 20 gifted young artists from different ethnic communities in Kosovo, dedicated to exploring the cultural significance of the human body.

The exhibition title, “I Sing the Body Electric, the Armies of Those I Love”, is inspired by the work of Walt Whitman, a poet who celebrates the human form. The exhibition challenges us to see the body not only as a biological creation but as a canvas that carries culture, liberation, love, and conflict. The exhibition curator, Vesa Sahatçiu, describes this initiative as a beacon of hope for young artists in Kosovo, providing them with a platform to shine, as “ArtSphere” simultaneously fosters intercultural dialogue and academic exchange.

For those who did not have the opportunity to attend the grand opening, the exhibition can be visited until October 31, 2023, on weekdays from 12:00 to 18:00, located on the 4th floor of the Grand Hotel in Pristina, at the Barabar Centre.

The realization of this exhibition was made possible by the NGO Integra, CASA, and the Barabar Centre, with exceptional support from the Swiss Office for Cooperation in Kosovo and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.