Prima Center Berlin is
the project space in which the artists have the opportunity to present their
works to the public. Prima Center Berlin supports the artists both, in the
realization of their artistic concepts as well as in their promotion to the
professional and wider public. Prima Center was established in 2000 in
Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. Prima Center Berlin was opened in 2004.
Both Prima Center Skopje and Prima Center Berlin are meeting places for
artists, art critics and curators. Visual arts, video presentations,
performances, readings - Prima Center not only build bridges between the
nations, but also stands for a platform of various artistic forms of
expression. The common denominator of the works of the art exhibited is the
examination of the reality with the artistic means.
Prima Center Berlin is involved in the "Kolonie Wedding", which is a
group of 30 visual artists in Berlin-Wedding, a Berlin district influenced
by high unemployment and a high proportion of immigrants. Since 2002,
"Kolonie Wedding" is organizing monthly exhibitions of the participating
artists, which are heavily advertised and have become an integral part of
Berlin's cultural scene. The establishment of the Prima Center Berlin in
Wedding is by no means accidental, but follows the notion that art has to be
socializing. In addition to the "Kolonie Wedding", further cooperation
partners are the Ministry of Culture, Republic of Macedonia, the Museum of
Contemporary Art and the State Museum of Skopje, the
galleries Uluv and KCNS, both in Novi Sad, Serbia, and several galleries in
International understanding through a lively cultural exchange between
Germany and countries of Central and Eastern Europe marked the beginning of
the development of Prima Center. Until now, the Prima Centar Skopje
presented more than hundred artists from Berlin to the Macedonian audience.
This led to a network of artists with Balkan art institutions.
Project manager: Jovan Balov, Macedonian artist and curator, lives
and works in Berlin since 1995. By organizing cultural programmes, he
presented international artists, mainly from the Balkans, to the Berlin
audience, as well as artists of many nationalities living in Germany to the
Macedonian audience. His longtime work for the transborder promotion of
culture of the Balkans was regarded with the prestigious cultural prize
"Rigas Charter" in Athens in 2007.