With more than 50 closed shops and buildings, a feeling of emptiness and powerlessness pervades the historical center of Split during the off-season. Voids 2020 reacts to the longstanding problem of growing mass tourism in Croatia and the seemingly powerless situation in Split.
In February and March, the project opens spaces used for touristic purposes in the summer and reappropriates them for arts and activism. Artist residencies and an open call involving the local community and civil society organizations make visible the potential of the creative community that constitutes an integral part of the city’s genetic code, unearthing and preserving the authenticity of Split and empowering people to gain back ownership of their heritage.
At the same time, Voids works towards replacing criticism with action in real time and space, looking towards the future and calling on everyone to actively shape their city. By presenting artists from neighboring countries, Voids contributes to a better mutual understanding between the countries of the former Yugoslavia and fosters new collaborative projects at the international level.
Participating artists are Lana Stojićević, Andrea Resner, Antonio Grgić and Mia Kevo (Croatia), Ledia Kostandini (Albania), Selma Selman (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Ivana Mirchevska (North Macedonia), Driton Selmani (Kosovo).