The 2009 art exhibition will be structured as a series of distinct interventions or artistic practices, which will incorporate the physical environment of the site. The artists' works will therefore not be determined by any imperative curatorial agenda. Rather, they will be united by the specificity of the location and temporariness of the artworks. These will be produced directly on-site and will go beyond a simple mapping of space. Artists will engage in (re)interpreting, (re)contextualising and (de)constructing the hidden functions of the location and its history. The local identity of the ARK will be integral to the production, presentation and reception of art, as well as the point of departure for making links to broader socioeconomic and political or ideological processes.
Indeed, the goal of the Sarajevo Art Biennial is to help local and regional artists from different cultural backgrounds gain international visibility. The “insiders”, artists from the former Yugoslav states who are able to engage with the complexity of the socio-political, historical and cultural context of the site, will take part in a dialogue with the “outsiders”, who are capable of exploring the site from a different perspective. The exhibition will consequently merge regional and global creative processes.