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Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

Gallery Run: Subjective Objects

We have a strange relationship to objects: we acquire them, covet them, project meaning onto them. Artists go further, questioning what our relationship is to objects, not taking it for granted, interpreting the objects in unexpected ways. Whether it’s through pop art, found objects, or exotic artifacts, it’s the artist’s job to reinvent, relocate and […]

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

In Serbia, Too Few Babies

Thirty-two-year-old Sonja pushed a pram along the main pedestrian street in Belgrade on a brisk day in mid-December. The capital is one of the few places in Serbia with a growing population. Though that growth is mainly thanks to urbanisation, Belgrade is also the easiest and cheapest place in the country to have a child. […]

Green light for gay pride parade in Belgrade

Green light for gay pride parade in Belgrade

Organisers have continued plans to hold a gay pride parade in the Serbian capital, in spite of recent appearances of homophobic graffiti, previous clashes and a cancellation. The week-long Prajd 2012 celebrations are set to kick off 30 Sept., with a march in the capital scheduled for 6 Oct., the day before the festival’s finale. […]

Book Review: Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife

Book Review: Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife

Fear and Myth: The Law of the Jungle The Tiger’s Wife, Téa Obreht’s spellbinding debut novel, acutely depicts postwar life in a Balkan country resembling the former Yugoslavia, where history and myth form a potent mix, and the restless souls of the dead continue to trouble the living. Winner of the 2011 Orange Prize and […]

Belgrade: Thinking Outside the Blocks

Entering the Serbian capital from the west by car, the Genex Center towers rise out of the horizon and announce your arrival into the suburb of Novi Beograd, across the Sava River from the old city. The dominating twin blocks of apartments conjoined at the top were Serbian architect Mihajlo Mitrović’s vision of a new […]

Love or Money

It was a Thursday evening; I was about to book my flight to Belgrade. I typed “cheap flights” into Google. The first website: www.fluege.de. ‘Sounds ok,’ I thought as I booked a flight that perfectly matched my schedule. I was to leave at 6:25 on Wednesday, returning to Vienna at 16:35 Tuesday afternoon. I was […]

Belgrade: The Modern City

“Make sure to lock your compartment from Budapest on; there may be thieves,” the young Austrian National Rail conductor warns as we pull out of Vienna. Clearly, Europe’s great East and West divide still looms large in the minds of some. Vienna to Budapest demarcates the end of the civilised world: Beyond lie the badlands […]

Costa Coffee

Belgrade’s car horns sound full-blast amidst interminable cheering. Outside: the vast cityscape of black and grey and gleaming white and inside: a hostel with a loose interpretation of en suite. I lie in bed and let an unknown bug buzz in my ear. Lights flicker as I surf the TV channels. Kylie curves her way […]

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