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New artistic director for SKLAD 2019 appointed!

Renowned light artist and designer Aleksandra Stratimirovic will guide the creative direction of SKLAD 2019.

 

SKLAD 2019 is pleased to announce collaboration with Aleksandra Stratimirovic, internationally renowned light artist and designer. Aleksandra, appointed as a curator and artistic director, will guide creative direction of SKLAD 2019.

Aleksandra Stratimirovic is a visual artist with a special interest in light. She graduated in Applied Arts and Design at the University of Arts in Belgrade and completed her studies in specialized lighting design at Konstfack, the University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design and KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. 

Aleksandra is award winning and internationally active in the world of art and light, with professional experience of more than 20 years in this field. Her particular vocation is site-specific art installations, often characterised by delicate use of light. Number of her permanent site-specific artworks are integrated in various public places and institutions in Sweden and abroad, such as hospitals, schools, train stations and residential areas. In recent years her artworks have been included in exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Konstnärshuset in Stockholm, Jardin du Palais Royal in Paris, and various art events in London, Amsterdam, Ljubljana, Belgrade, Tokyo, Osaka, Verona and Singapore.

Beside her artistic career Aleksandra is actively engaged in an number of light related organisations, being the founding member of the Transnational Lighting Detectives, founder and artistic director of the Belgrade of Light in Belgrade, Serbia, co-founder of the Lighting Guerrilla festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia and a board member of Swedish Lighting Designers Society. 

Aleksandra Stratimirovic studio is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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#SkLAD 2019

Highly honoured and deeply excited I am joining SKLAD’s team as an Artistic Director!

 

Beside the fact that Skopje is one of my favorite places, the chance to interact with light and art in the urban environment that is so special and unique is such an amazing and inspiring situation.

 

 

Following the success of last year’s edition, Skopje Light Art District spreads its creative tentacles even further and deeper this time, to connect more places, to meet more people and to tell new stories…

RECONNECTING BY LIGHT - SKLAD 2019

 

SKLAD remains as a symbolic bridge, a vivid link that unites art, technology, science, architecture, nature, past, present and future, by using the language of light.In this year’s edition we are presenting 26 local and international artists, musicians, artist collectives, performance groups and theater troupes who will create an immersive light path connecting distant points of Skopje Old Bazaar with the green oasis of the Skopje City Park.Around 20 locations are fascinating light points on this path,to offer visitors a thrilling experience with light art works, interactive installations, light & music live acts, video mapping projections and performances.

 

Follow the SKLAD light path starting from historical site of Kurshimli An through the picturesque streets of Skopje Old Bazaar, visit the impressive Daut Pasha’s Hamam, passing by the exciting architecture of the Opera house, walk the ancient Stone Bridge over the Vardar River, take a turn to the right into the avenue of trees, through the Parc de la Francophonie and right into the heart of Skopje City Park. Artist of SKLAD 2019 have created site-specific light works inspired by those iconic spots and their history.

 

SKLAD is the creative lightning that will affect city of Skopje.The adventure has already started - in high speed and with passionate enthusiasm!

 

I am sincerely welcoming you all to the Skopje Light Art District 2019

 

Aleksandra Stratimirovic, light artist

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#SkLAD 2018

Following the example of the light festivals around Europe, for the first time in Skopje, from October 6th to October 9th, Skopje Light Art District will allow the visitors unique experience, filled with light and lots of color.

Skopje Light Art District is meant to be a new cultural and social event, one which will have its opening on the start of the traditional White Night. The idea for the festival is to introduce little more light and color in the everyday life we all live and to show us the nice, colorful side of the life. All the visitors will have the opportunity to be part of a new, intriguing and unusual experience.

These kinds of festivals are common in Europe and the world, but the main idea for Skopje Light Art Festival emerged from the ROCK project, project of the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program. In that project, the City of Skopje on cultural level is partnered with 11 other cities of the EU. One of those cities is Lyon in France, a city with one of the historically oldest festivals of light in the world, which served as a direct inspiration for Skopje Light Art District. On the festival this year 15 artists from home and abroad will exhibit their works with various light installations, mainly positioned in the Old Skopje Bazaar. The artists that will exhibit have already participated in numerous light festival around the world.

The opening of the festival starts at 20:00 on October 6th, with a light projection and 3D mapping projected on the facade on the “Ibni Pajko” building, on the entrance of the Old Skopje Bazaar. This years’ motto of the festival is “Follow the path”. Once the visitors arrive on the place of the projection, they will find out the directions on which the ‘path’ will take place and where they could see the installations in the next three days. The opening will finish at 23:00 in the Museum of Contemporary Art with interactive audio-visual performance. 

По урнекот на сличните популарни фестивали низ Европа, за прв пат во Скопје и Македонија, од 6-ти до 9-ти октомври “Skopje Light Art District” на граѓаните ќе им овозможи уникатно доживување исполнето со светлост и многу бои. Фестивалот “Skopje Light Art District” e еден вид нов културно-општествен настан, а отворањето е резервирано за почетокот на Белата ноќ. Замислата на фестивалот е да внесе малку светлина и боја во секојдневието кое го сите го живееме и да ни ја покаже убавата, шареноликата страна на животот. Сите присутни на фестивалот ќе имаат можност да бидат дел од едно ново, интригантно и необично искуство. Фестивали од ваков тип се одржуваат редовно низ Европа и светот, но главната идеја за “SkopjeLight Art District” потекна од РОК (ROCK) проектот, проект на Хоризонт 2020 програмата на ЕУ. Во тој проект, Град Скопје на културно ниво е вмрежен заедно со уште 11 други градови од ЕУ. Еден од тие градови е и Лион во Франција, град со историски и традиционално најстар фестивал на светлосна уметност, кој послужи како еден вид директна инспирација за “Skopje Light Art District”. На фестивалот оваа година ќе настапат 15 артисти од земјата и странство, со најразлични светлосни инсталации, воглавно поставени низ Старата скопска чаршија. Се работи за уметници кои досега учествувале на голем број вакви фестивали. Отворањето на фестивалот започнува во 20 часот на 6 октомври, со светлосна проекција и 3-димензионално мапирање проектирано на зградата Ибни Пајко, на самиот влез на Старатаскопска чаршија. Мотото на фестивалот е “Следи ја патеката“. Посетителите штом ќе пристигнат на местото на проекцијата, ќе ги дознаат и насоките по кои ќе се движи “патеката“ и каде ќе можат да ги видат инсталациите во наредните три дена. Отворањето ќе заврши во 23 часот, во Музејот на современа уметност со интерактивен аудио визуелен перформанс.