HWBŠ #2: Art, Education and Transformation

Writes: Jelena Joksimović

Photos: Anja Petrović

In June we held a second talk on the topic of How We Build Škograd. This series of discussions help us to think about activities on Ledine and find their links to theoretical concepts, other practices, and people working with similar programs.

Its aim is to serve as an incubator for rethinking everyday urban life and education in our city’s periphery, focused on the neighborhood of Ledine. We are particularly interested in learning about the ways in which school and community can develop a deeper bond, and how we can create space that will empower children to be agents of that change. In the process, we are embracing a multidimensional approach and trying to read and understand the topics with verbal, visual and corporal interactions.

Art is a common agency for political transformation in education as well as in public spaces. It is expressive, engaging, and tends to have power to gather people around their deepest insecurities, fears, joys, needs, or desires. It is perhaps the only medium that enables deeply private tendencies to enact and transform in the public space. It communicates our personal cores with the world and that is how it transforms outside worlds into our own. That process is the very aim of education as well. This talk has examined intersections where changes in education and community dwell, as well as intersections of art, private and public, intersections of struggles, oppressions, and expressions.

Discussant: Maja Maksimovic, Docent at the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Andragogy
Illustrator: Jelena Jaćimović – Jachim Jachim;
Moderator: Jelena Joksimovic, Škograd