Hivzi Sylejmani Library will be the future Manifesta 14 Prishtina permanent institutional space
The Municipality of Prishtina has assigned Manifesta 14 the building of the Hivzi Sylejmani Library to be used as the future Manifesta 14 Prishtina headquarters and permanent institutional space. The building of the Hivzi Sylejmani Library is a cultural heritage monument of the capital dating back to the 1930s, when it functioned as a residential home. It was later transformed into a public library, where many generations of locals fondly remember borrowing books.
Manifesta 14’s objective is to produce sustainable projects with a long-term legacy co-created with the local infrastructure in addition to contemporary art interventions across the city of Prishtina.
As the host of Manifesta, we as the Municipality of Prishtina are happy that we have already started to move forward for the best possible realisation of Manifesta 14 in our city, where in addition to choosing the wonderful team of local coordinators who have started to work for several months now, we have also selected the renowned Italian architect and activist, Carlo Ratti, to work on the realisation of the urban study for our city, with a special focus on the Brick Factory. The Municipality of Prishtina welcomes the ambitions of Manifesta 14 Prishtina towards the creation of a pilot model for a permanent interdisciplinary institution in our city, and we are happy to announce that we have assigned the ‘Hivzi Sylejmani’ Library for this purpose.
Shpend Ahmeti, Mayor of Prishtina