embroidery documenting the expedition from Ancona to Skopje (part of Embroided Diaries 2007 Series)
1 _ ZBIRLJVOST / ~AGGIUNGITUDINE
2 _ BEZDANOST / ~OSCURITUDINE
3 _ CARSITUDINE
4 _ BRATSVTLJIVOST / ~HERMANITUDINE
5 _ IDENTITISMO
1 _ ZBIRLJVOST ~ (it.) AGGIUNGITUDINE
Everything sums and nothing subtracts. Capacity to add and never take out.
Examples: Arriving to Herceg Novi and walking around with our backpacks in search for place to rent with out big success we are stopped by a middle age woman who offers us a room to rent. 30 euros - she says - the room has three beds and its more expensive just for one night. As we accept in a while we are following her and her husband down the street to their flat. Flat is placed in 70ies modernist residential building, nice measurements with lots of stairways and garden full of shadows from Mediterranean vegetation. On the doorstep we take out the shoes following our hosts. - No, no you don’t have to - they say. In next second a young woman with a towel turban on her head run in to us getting out from the shower next to the entrance. Woman shows us our room where big matrimonial bed and conditioned sofa are leaving very little floor space for walking. She also explains that the door on the other end of the room takes to another room where sleeps another young fellow – he comes back late in the night after work but you want notice anything, she explains. We are offered a coffee on the terrace. Going there we are passing trough the living room where there are three sofas and I am imagining in which way they are converting in to beds to fit in the space during the night. On the tiny terrace also appear four more girls more and a young man. Coffee arrives, and Alessandro says – Wow, this is so good, last time I had this kind of coffee in Sarajevo five years ago – Ah, so you like Turkish coffee? Asks the woman, that leaves me something more relaxed as she used the term Turkish*. We are also offered with domestic schnapps, rakija. It comes from the young man sitting next to me. Rakija is of very bad quality, so called brlja and after a first sip I am starting to feel headache. In conversation we find out that the young man is a truck driver; that young nice looking women comes from different cities around Belgrade and are studding together political sciences on Belgrade faculty and that our hosts are refugees from Bosnian war and that they have two sons they want to merry. While we are preparing to get out for a dinner arrives a young couple enters the living room, he all the time busy with his cell phone and she waiting on sofa with crossed high-heels and lots of glitter on accessories. We are counting 12 persons in total in that small flat.
Image: A stand in the Skopje market offering wide survey of DVDs with very diverse contents:
2 _ BEZDANOST ~ (it.) OSCURITUDINE
bez dana (srb.) ~ without a day or daylight
bezdan - common name for the tap or a fountain in the villages of Serbia, Bosnia, etc. Probably referees to the digging of very deep holes or wells
in interior of the ground to get fresh and potable subterranean waters.
opposite to zbirljivost
3 _ CARSITUDINE
Comes from the propriety of the river to disappear underground and resurge on the surface at some other geographical point. ~ (it.) carsare; (serb.)
~ reka ponornica. While subterranean it still exists but it’s not visible, it does not count.
Examples: meeting up with a childhood friend from skiing after 20 years.
Image:Disco Club Teutina Spilja – some places have an ability to transport to another times.
Images:(left) monument for the victims of Goli Otok, 1991, Podgorica; (right) street of the victims of Goli Otok, Podgorica – after 50 years the victims of Goli Otok recive recognition as innocent sufferers
Examples: official versions of national histories of ex-Yugoslav countries
4 _ BRATSTVLJIVOST - fraternitudine
Ability to give maximal confidence to the other; proclaim brotherhood with another person not family related of different tribe, culture, nation or race.
Also: profiling identities and distinctions in characters inside the same or similar. For example: father has five children. Among brothers as much similar they are, they would like to differ between themselves, to build their own particular identities. They all speak the same language, but they say - My language now will be called Montenegrian, mine Serbian, mine Croat, mine Bosnian...
Image: cash-machine screen in Podgorica; After the separation 4 former regions of Yugoslavia that used to speak the same language officially called Serbo-Croat denominate their languages as: Serbian, Croat, Bosnian and Montenegrian, now four ‘different’ languages.
5 _ IDENTITISMO
Sickness that demonstrates as affective search for and over-expression of identities
Image: Simple geometrical objects as cross and open circle could obtain a very different meanings and create strong identification among different social groups.
Image:Karadjordje's monument in Podgorica and Skenderbeg's monument in Skopje.