Remaking History: Tracing politics in urban space

We are researching for similar pattern of historical revisionism that took place in Belgrade as well as in Sarajevo after 1990 through the renaming of streets, public spaces and monuments.

The project maps the names of major streets, public spaces and monuments in two cities during and after the fall of Yugoslavia.  The exercise aims to examine the impact of war in the post-conflict context and the continued fragmentation of the common narrative through the act of renaming of the urban elements in both cities.  It will also bring into question the role of the capital cities in the transition from a Socialist state to neo-capitalist nationalist countries while examining if any points of overlap and common past remain. Project also addresses the question of appropriation of the (representative) public space in the capital cities and giving a place for minority narratives within them.

Project is realised within programme Tandem for Culture - Western Balkans and in cooperation with the International Burch University (Sarajevo). Project is funded by MitOst (Berlin) and European Cultural Foundation (Amsterdam).

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