Sans Souci / Exhibition Opening & Performance

"The social relations between the various Peoples of the world, in narrower or wider circles, have now advanced everywhere so far that a violation of Right in one place of the earth, is felt all over it."  

Immanuel Kant, Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch



SANS SOUCI looks into a novel, contemporary types of detention and concentration camps, reflecting their socio-political and urbanistic role in the reproduction of contemporary capitalist society and the conditions of the  permanent ‘state of emergency. ’While investigating the still unexplored urban structures that emerged in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina, the project investigates how new forms of urbanism and sociality emerging in this post-conflict society are informed by the camp forms established during the wars of the 1990s.


MA Students of the Institute for Contemporary Art at the Architecture Faculty (TU Graz), explore the architecture and the form of concentration and war prisoners camp as deeply entangled with everyday urban structures. As such the camp outlives and continues to endure through the new forms of urbanity, economy, and socialization in the period of post-war transition. Taking Trnopolje and Omarska camps of northern Bosnia, as the symbolic loci, and the basis for a projective image, the project reflects the crucial social processes conditioning the present state of global societies. In this light, the relations are explored between the Bosnian camps of the 1990s and refugee camps created in recent years in Jordan, Turkey, and Greece for Syrian, Iraqi, and Afghani refugees.


The Sans Souci exhibition at HDA is a continuation of a students’ lab that was organized within the project Sans Souci: Four Faces of Omarska by artist Milica Tomić at the Body Luggage, the central exhibition in the frame of the Steirische Herbst festival curated by Zasha Colah at the Kunsthaus Graz. Within the framework of the exhibition, by exhibiting their works, research, and investigation in process, students established an open space for inquiry and learning.

The exhibition includes interviews with Sudbin Musić, Satko Mujagić, Berina Ramić, Milorad Kremenović, and Namka Konjević.


Project leaders:
Milica Tomić (artist and professor, IZK), with Simon Oberhofer (architect, photographer, and lecturer, IZK), Lidija K. Radojević (anthropologist, cultural theorist and lecturer), and Dubravka Sekulić (architect, writer, and assistant professor, IZK)
Montage of Time (Montage Der Zeit)
Dr. Daniel Gethmann (cultural theorist, Institute of Architectural Theory, History of Art and Cultural Studies)

Guest lecturers:
Srđan Hercigonja (political sociologist, political activist, Working Group Four Faces of Omarska), Dr. Andrew Herscher (writer, and theorist of architecture), Satko Mujagić (human rights activist, Survivor of Omarska concentration camp), Sudbin Musić (Secretary at Prijedor 92 organization, performer, and Survivor of Trnopolje concentration camp)

Participating students:
Amina Abazović, Džana Ajanović, Ajna Babahmetović, Therese Eberl, Helena Katharina Eichlinger, Angelika Hinterbrandner, Muris Kalić, Aldin Kanurić, Anousheh Kehar, Amir Ihab Tharwat Kozman, Ina Barbara Lichtenegger, Hilette Lindeque, Melissa Muhri, Alisa Pekić, Tina Petek, Andrea Peković, Clara Primschitz and Philipp Sattler.




Sans Souci / Exhibition Opening & Performance