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.