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Mentoring programs “Share Your Knowledge” and “Creative Mentorship” together are organizing a discussion on the topic: How Female is Cultural Heritage?  on Saturday, August 25 starting at 2 p.m.  at UK Parobrod (Kapetan Mišina 6a).

By sharing stories, knowledge and experiences from generation to generation, independent artistic practices, and acting within local and national cultural heritage institutions, we preserve history, culture and achievements from oblivion. The year 2018. was proclaimed European Year of Cultural Heritage, which is a great occasion to remind, but also to learn more about cultural heritage in Serbia, the position of women in this domain, important women in Serbian cultural history, and the level to which protection, presenting and interpreting the heritage with us takes care of different and other perspectives, histories and identities, and among them women.

Katarina Ivanović, the first female academic, Jelisaveta Načić, the first female architect, Isidora Sekulić, the first female member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Desa Glišić, the first female caricaturist, Jefimija, the first female writer, and many other women are important for domestic cultural and scientific history. Many of them history didn’t remembered, making pirot carmiels (pirotske ćilime), preparing mants (mantije), dealing with naive painting, gave their stamp to our cultural heritage.

Mentors, mentees and alumni of the “Share Your Knowledge” and “Creative Mentorship” program will discuss about cultural heritage in Serbia, museums and exhibitions that try to preserve and revive alternative / female, not only dominant / patriarchal history, women’s leadership influence in the sector of heritage and tradition, as well as the forgotten women who marked our past demolished the taboos and were pioneers in certain areas and ventures, with cultural heritage female experts.

Participants in the Discussion are:

  • dr Katarina Živanović, Curator, Museum of Yugoslavia,
  • Helena Hiršenberger, PhD in Conservation and Restoration Management at the Faculty of Technical Sciences, Novi Sad,
  • Gordana Grabež, Operative Director of the National Museum in Belgrade,
  • dr Aleksandra Jovanić, Co-author of the Exhibition “Brave Women Traveling Through Time”.

The Discussion will be moderated by dr Milena Jokanović, Art Historian and Hultural Manager.

Before the Discussion, thanks to the Belgrade Cemeteries, mentors and mentees of both programs will have the opportunity to take a walk through the New Cemetery under the title “Women from soul and mind” with the story of famous women from the history who rest there, but despite the often pathetic to move the world in a graceful, powerful and smiling manner and make it a whole better place for life. The walk is led by Violeta Obrenović, an art historian and expert in funeral and memorial culture.