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August 29th, 2007

A sickness that demonstrates as an affective search for and an over-expression of identities
- The engineering of a collective identity as exercised by the state, in the case of crisis and loss of collective identity – Identity lifting. The exaggeratedly searched identity on an individual plan.
variation of line and circle

Image: Simple geometrical objects such as the cross and the open circle could obtain very different meanings and create a strong identification among different social groups.

monument of Karadjordje, Podgorica

Skenderbeg’s monument in Skopje

Images: Karadjordje’s monument in Podgorica and Skenderbeg’s monument in Skopje

Vahida Ramujkic and Alessandro Floris

The ability to give maximal confidence to the other; to proclaim brotherhood with another person (not family related) of different tribe, culture, nation or race. Also: the profiling of identities and distinctions in characters inside the same or the similar. For example: a father has five children. The brothers – as much similar they are – would like to differ between themselves, to build their own particular identities. They all speak the same language, but they say – My language now will be called Montenegrin, mine will be Serbian, mine Croatian, mine Bosnian…

cash machine screen - choose the language

Image: A cash-machine screen in Podgorica. After the separation of Yugoslavia 4 of its former regions that used to speak the same language officially called Serbo-Croat, now denominate their languages as: Serbian, Croat, Bosnian and Montenegrin – four ‘different’ languages.

Vahida Ramujkic & Alessandro Floris

Originates from the ability of a river to disappear underground and resurge on the surface at some other geographical point. ~ (it.) carsare; (srb.) ~ reka ponornica. While subterranean it still exists but it’s not visible, it does not count.
 The ability of something to become inactive (freeze, hibernate) during some longer or shorter period and resurge to continue its evolution as if nothing had happened in the meanwhile.
 The imposition of relations to the facts. The ability to flow the narration in a non-chronologic order.

Examples: Meeting up with a childhood friend from skiing after 20 years. We just left the bus-station in Herceg Novi (Montenegro) passing hundreds of stairs to get to the city center where we should find the tourist office with some information about accommodation for this night. Alessandro was telling me that there is one agency 20m in the front, but my attention was drawn by a young woman standing across the street in a swimming suite and a scarf, obviously on her way to the beach. She stood and looked at me. Her expression remitted me to a long, long time ago… But this was not possible in this precise moment of rushing to find the shelter for tonight. At that moment she moves her look in to another direction and I do the same trying to follow what Alessandro is saying. But than just to satisfy my curiosity I turn back again and my eyes cross again with the girl’s one. Now there was no doubt, and I hear her calling me by name – Vahida! – I answer immediately – Tanja! – You haven’t changed anything! – I introduce her to Alessandro – This is a friend of mine, Tanja, with whom we spend days learning to ski when she was 9 and me 7 years old. You haven’t changed either! We stayed for a while on the street chatting and promised to call each other later on to go out for a drink or so.

disko Teutina Silja

Image: The place of the meeting with Tanja, in front of the disco club Teutina Spilja in Herceg Novi.

monument to the victims of Goli Otok ulica zrtvama Golog Otoka

Examples: The official versions of the national histories of ex-Yugoslav countries  – After the brake-up of Yugoslavia and the constitution of its successive nation-states the task of rewriting official versions of its history texts brought historians to the year of 1918 – the moments just before the proclamation of the first Yugoslav federation (SHS, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians) – retaking the point in time from where the development of national sense was interrupted by the decades of communist ideologies, in which national histories and identities have been suppressed. The engineering of a national identity as a political plan and strategy takes place instead of the development of citizenship identity that was prioritized until that moment in time.

Images: (left) monument to the victims of Goli Otok [a prison island for political detainees in former Yugoslavia, ed.] , 1991, Podgorica; (right) street of the victims of Goli Otok, Podgorica – after 50 years the victims of Goli Otok recive recognition as innocent victims.

Vahida Ramujkic and Alessandro Floris


August 29th, 2007

bez dana (srb.) ~ without a day or daylight
bezdan – common name for the tap or a fountain in the villages of Serbia, Bosnia, etc. Probably referees to the digging of very deep holes or wells in interior of the ground to get fresh and potable subterranean waters.

Ability to get to the deepest part that is the common place, the constant, and part that never changes. Place not touched by the daylight, the most profound, place of maximal density.

Opposite to zbirljivost ~ (it.) aggiungitudine. (more…)

video pirats

Everything accumulates and nothing subtracts. A capacity to add and never take out. An environment where very different things coexist or reasons for things are not necessarily coherent. Could be relative characteristic for a transitional period when the direction of this transition is not well known.
 All the different things exist at the same level and have a similar importance.

Examples: Arriving to Herceg Novi (Montenegro) and walking around with our backpacks in search for a place to rent without much of success, we are stopped by a middle age woman who offers us a room to rent. – 30 Euros she says – the room has three beds and it’s more expensive just for one night. We accept and in a while we are following her and her husband down the street to their flat. The flat is placed in a 70s modernist residential building, with nice proportions, lots of stairways and a garden full of shadows from the Mediterranean vegetation. On the doorstep we take out the shoes following our hosts. – No, no you don’t have to – they say. In next second a young woman with a towel turban on her head runs into us when getting out from the shower next to the entrance. The woman shows us our room where a big matrimonial bed and a conditioned sofa are leaving very little floor space to walk around. She also explains that the door on the other end of the room takes to another room where another young fellow sleeps – he comes back late in the night after work but you won’t notice anything, she explains. We are offered a coffee on the terrace. Going there we are passing trough the living room with three sofas and I am imagining in which way they convert them into beds fitting in the space during the night. On the tiny terrace also appear four more girls and a young man. Coffee arrives, and Alessandro says – Wow, this is so good, last time I had this kind of coffee in Sarajevo five years ago – Ah, so you like Turkish coffee? Asks the woman, that leaves me something more relaxed as she used the term Turkish. We are also offered domestic schnapps, rakija. It comes from the young man sitting next to me. The rakija is of very bad quality, so called ‘brlja’ and after a first sip I am starting to feel a headache. In our conversation we find out that the young man is a truck driver; that the young nice looking women come from different cities around Belgrade and are studying political sciences at Belgrade’s faculty and that our hosts are refugees from the Bosnian war and that they have two sons that they want to get married. While we are preparing to get out for dinner a young couple arrives and enters the living room, he is all the time busy with his cell phone and she is waiting on the sofa with crossed high-heels and lots of glitter on accessories. We are counting 12 persons in total in that small flat.

Image: A stand in the Skopje market offering wide survey of DVDs with very diverse contents:
 A legend about Tito, Milosevic – Hitler, Serbian Paramilitary Guard (Arkan on the cover), Massacres in Irak (with Bin Laden), Resistance of Bosnia was heard up to the sky, JSO (Special Operation Unit of Serbia) without a mask, Truth about Aracinovo (Ethnic cleansing of Macedonians by Albanians), Tsunami, Ora i Coceci (Macedonian folklore music), Superman, Police Station, Detonator, etc

Vahida Ramujkic and Alessandro Floris

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