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The old lady is watching, concentrated, while listening to her own voice, singing one of her most favorite songs from youth. She heard it first back in the 1941. It is on Italian. About the soldier writing to his mother from the front, telling her how much he misses her. How he will never leave her again if he makes it through the war. Her voice, the song, is a tool to recreate the past. Both personal and collective. Her portrait is an image – at the same time personal and universal - of an old age, of memory and leaving....

After the Second World War, generations were raised with the iconic image of children who fought in the war against fascism. That is true not only for the Former Yugoslavia, but many countries around the world. Taking as a point of departure question what could be a vision of the future a society is offering to the young generations while raising them with images and narratives about children warriors who sacrificed their lives for their country, the work is exploring one possible image of childhood....

The assumption that a veiled woman can not be free is so deeply rooted in the Western mind that we often don't even consider the fact that the act of veiling is in many circles today almost equally revolutionary as unveiling was in the first half of the last century. Today, a woman of the Islamic religion is a victim of double discrimination – by gender and by religion. As a religion and the way of life, Islam is under influence of the great number of political and other factors and is becoming the no. 1 media topic. As such it communicates via numerous possible interpretations, stereotypes and representations. This work tries to eliminate the media and whatever existing filter and through a direct conversation with women of Islamic religion from city of Novi Pazar, Serbia, reveal a small part of their world....

Video work Postcards from Imaginary Places is dealing with the fragility of the memory and the struggle to remember. Images showing sudden memory flashes represent seen but not quite familiar places, events one feels are experienced but can not grasp their totality, can not place them in any consecutive narrative. The backdrop for that struggle with one’s memory in the work is the water – waste and indifferent sea that maybe remembers everything....

Human memory is quite fragile; many experiments proved that it is possible to construct memories about things that have never happened, or places never visited. Postcards from Imaginary Places are about that fragility. Photographic images are showing seen but not quite familiar places, places one cannot really prove to have a real memory about....

The mechanism of memory is still not fully explained, there are numerous and complex traces leading us to our personal memories. Works from the Madeleine series (started in 2004) are trying to explore images that are representing or could represent memory triggers. Through photographs and video works author opens the possibility for different interpretations of individual and collective images of the past. ...

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....