Manifesta purposely strives to keep its distance from what are often seen as the dominant centres of artistic production, instead seeking fresh and fertile terrain for the mapping of a new cultural topography.

Hana Miletic, HR

Hana Miletić has been working on her Materials series since 2015. With the colourful handwoven textiles comprising this body of work, the artist responds to sites of transformation and makeshift repair she encounters in urban cityscapes.

The works shown here refer to Prishtina and incorporate local unprocessed wool. Her most common points of reference are broken architectural elements and dented infrastructure, patched up in a manner equally pragmatic and poetic. Miletić begins by photographing these restorative interventions.

The resulting images she treats as “cartoons” or blueprints for weavings that reproduce the form and colour of their source. Their apparent allusion to artistic abstractionism belies their commonplace origins and their shared authorship.

In reproducing such everyday acts of care, Miletić lends these gestures the attention they would not otherwise have. At the same time, she underscores their innate artistic value – both in terms of their formal vocabulary and their embodiment of social sculpture whereby people shape their environment.