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Drago Burlacu

In Conversation: Contemporary Balkan Art in Post-Brexit London

What might contemporary Balkan art, informed by the experiences of fragmentation, economic uncertainty and rapid cultural and political change, contribute to our understanding of the wider changes happening elsewhere in the world in the wake of Brexit and Trump? Ana Russell-Omaljev, PhD, Creative Director of Contemporary Balkan Art (CoBA), on why contemporary…

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Balkanist Recommends: Russian Welcome Signs

We recommend checking out the photos from this great Russian livejournal account dedicated to the various welcome signs from the entrances to cities and towns across the Russian Federation. A bit more information about the locations of each of these signs is available on the website (in Russian), but many of…

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Belgrade Bacchanalia: Sex, Drugs and Despair in the World’s Best New Berlin

If all the hype is to be believed, Belgrade is the new Berlin. But is it?Belgrade’s alleged “hipness” has been a subject of fascination for the international media for about 12 years now, creating an often cringeworthy genre. Articles with headlines like “Bloc Party: Post-War Belgrade is Radically Reinventing Itself” (The New…

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Bucharest Deconstructed : A Series of Diptychs

 Bucharest Deconstructed: A series of Diptychs, by Marylise Vigneau/Anzenberger Bucharest seems to lie on some fault lines, in a fluidity both spatial and temporal, suspended between an unprocessed past and an uncertain future on the edge lands of Europe. Twenty-six years after the violent fall of Ceaușescu, deconstruction is manifest, the outcome…

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