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Having on mind Western perception of the Balkans and taking author’s own Balkan origin as a point of departure, the project represents a visual research of the region. Photographs were taken by plastic camera that transforms objects and places photographed into dream-like images, thus reflecting the image that has been for centuries constructed in the Western world - the one of exoticization, romanticization and othering. Using this photographing method, author is trying to research into that exotic image constructed around the notion of the Balkans....

Thousands of refugees and asylum seekers are coming to European Union every month, while the Union is constantly making new laws trying to restrict this massive flow of people coming to its Member States. For most of these people, while living in their native countries, Western Europe was seen as a dreamland of prosperity and freedom. Once in their “dreamland” they are confronted with a different reality: their moving is highly restricted except from one to another asylum house, they have virtually no money, in most cases they don’t understand language of the country they came to. Most of the time they spend sitting and waiting for their asylum procedure to be finalized - to be granted stay or forced to leave, for their lives to continue....

Searching for the nature of contemporary art, the authors were having discussions with 81 people, each of them providing their answer to the very same question respectively: “What does art mean for you?” ...