30 Apr 2017

Kenji(n)grad Photo Series

Photo series was a social media exhibition. It took place as a daily photo diary between the end of November 2016 and the end of January 2017.
Micro concept evolved from the critical and rebellious core of an expression invented by Miomir Grujić - Fleka (1954 - 2003) the painter, radiophonic legend and intermedia artist, the spirit of new Belgrade scene. He gave his “black heart” to all of us in his "radio-nightmare" Šišmiš on the B92 frequencies during the most morbid times that Belgrade as cultural nucleus of dead Republic of Yugoslavia was going through in the mid 90s.

His expression Kenjigrad (expression later evolving in the urban movie Zombie Town) was there to provoke and dig out sleepy, or better said sedated and zombified youth, living in the city metaphorically submersed in “crap”, representing generation that had to put up with unwanted civil war, political ideologies and military persecutions.
It seemed to me that 20 years later we are experiencing the mirror effect of the geo-political tensions that particular social milieu is producing, through the same corruption mechanisms, relativisation of nationalism as well as open fascism and media control.

Photo series was not only a tribute to the spirit of the previous generation, but also was a daily statement of revolt against cultural zombification and political idiocracy.
Pictures are mostly taken from my home or high places where the city can be observed. They are sensitized with strong colors and contrasts, which allude on the time vacuum and complexities of changes in everyday life filtered through repercussion of contemporary “democracy”, that are certainly in disharmony with an individual time lapse and are inducing the notion of aging in the atmosphere of failed transition.

This archive is consist of both published and unpublished images.
Photos can be printed by order, in the format of a signed postcard.
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