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Subjective atlas of Serbia

The Subjective Atlas of Serbia is an initiative of De Balie in Amsterdam, Dom Omladine in Belgrade, and Annelys de Vet. It was made possible thanks to the financial support of  the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. Most of the work was done during a workshop held at Magacin in November 2008.
CONCEPT & EDITING: Annelys de Vet PRODUCTION: Dom Omladine (Marija Kovač) INTRODUCTION: Vladimir Arsenijević CONTRIBUTORS: Ivana Barandovski, Filip Cakić, Olja Cvijanović, Buba Čvorić, Smaragdina Garić, Dragana Grujičić, Nataša Jovanović, Nevena Kocić, Stevan Kostić, Marija Kovač, Simon Kuzmanović, Vuk Kuzmanović, Milena Ljubojević, Maja Lukić, Zorana Lužanin, Milena Maksimović, Predrag Marković, Marko Marović, Marija Miković, Vladimir Milenković, Miroslav Milović, Svetlana Pavković, Milorad Pejanović, Aleksandra Petković, Nevena Popović, Dunja Rezić, Iva Spasojević, Maja Stević, Marija Strajnić, Tatjana Stratimirović, Hana Tegeltija, Marina Tomić, Tijana Vitomir, Mina Vukosavljević, Dimitar Vuksanov, Ana Zekonja

For several years, Belgrade was regarded as the epicentre of war and aggression. Today each person in Serbia has his or her own opinion on the country’s history, identity and future. As one of the authors of this atlas puts it, “I don’t know what personal is, what I am, who I am, what Serbia is. All the borders change continually; everything changes from day to day. Nationality, identity – I don’t know, I don’t know what that is.”

More than thirty young Serbian artists and designers have mapped their country from an individual perspective. Born of personal experience, the contributions portray moving stories, some cynical or critical, others intimate and vulnerable. The unconventional images offer a new insight into a nation whose identity is scattered. They do not voice opinions but share human observations.  Through mapping cultural identity in this way, the atlas functions as a tool for understanding contemporary society at this place, at this moment.

 

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