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Imaginary Balkans

Imaginary Balkans

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Published by Site Gallery on the occasion of exhibItion Imaginary Balkans Group Exhibition 14th September - 26th October 2002

Breda Beban fled Zagreb in 1991 and currently lives and works in London and Sheffield. Starting from her own intimate knowledge of the political and cultural history of her former homeland, Beban has returned to select work by artists from both sides of the Serbian and Croatian divide. Unable herself to deal with the antagonisms created by the recent unrest and the situation faced now by the two nationalities, the selection of work from Zagreb and Belgrade, expresses her own personal reflection on this emotional and turbulent territory.'While talking to artists, looking at their work, travelling between places I rediscovered a territory of extreme contradictions and subtle ambiguities... I realised that in my vocabulary there is only one name for a place like this the Balkans ... geopolitically and culturally the Balkans are almost impossible to define. Less something made than something forever in making, the Balkans can be what one desires it to be.' (Breda Beban)

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