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Ira Schneider

Durch die erhellung

Urs Jaeggi & Kulz-Mackenzie

Igor Toshevski

Filipova-Kitanovska & Naumoska

Natasha S. Zafirovska

Krunislav Stojanovski

Wadim Rakowski

 Dragana Brankovic

Looking throught Landscape

portrayed art






05.04. - 24.04.2013 D
Dragana Brankovic














"Don't lose identity", a photo exhibition, represents an intersection of Pirot's representative, Pirot kilim, which fascinates with its characterisitc ornaments and colours, and another cultural trends in art history, as well as the masterpieces of famous artists. The kilim is projected onto the body of a costumed model who is in a pose characteristic for the art trend which is being processed.

Through a conceptual display, the exhibition will present a theme of identity, as well as a mixture of styles, which is modern in many countries and cultures. The carrier of this postmodern strategy is Pirot kilim, being a topos universale of once powerful and respected local culture. This is a renewed attempt to bring to life a precious, but dying tradition. Furthermore, this is done on an unstable cultural soil, which has been on the border between the East and West for centuries, and nowadays shaken by the so called cultural globalization.


By dying out of the kilim, the citizens of Pirot will lose the most important determinants of their own identity, and thus, they will lose themselves. Therefore, this series of photographs use its name to warn us for the last time: Don't lose your identity!  Using the dialogue between the art heritage of Pirot kilim carpentry and the arts from all over the world, different epochs and cultures, Ingres' Odalisque does not threaten the identity/ Pirot kilim. It just recognizes the identity, as well as asserts it, amplifies it, makes it visible and warns about it.


By replacing wool as the basic "image carrier" with photo paper as one of the possible mediums for this new kind of communication, we focus on the "spirit of the kilim" - its ornament which here symbolises the strength to outlive the materials and functions, and to 'reincarnate" into other mediums and functions by communicating with a lot of freshness and vitality.


Pirot kilim ornament, in its original or stylized forms, is widely recognized not only as a local, but as a national symbol of Serbia as well. The ornament is used for designing paper and plastic money, in high fashion, for both healthy food and cigarettes packaging, pottery, kitchenware and shoes painting, marking of national media and institutions, as well as architectural solutions such as the national pavilion of Serbia at the EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. All these confirm, though in a paradoxical way, that the Pirot kilim ornament, migrating from its basic medium, the kilim, has established itself as a mark of a national art identity. 


During the exhibition, the visitors will be able to touch, single out and glue in the guestbook a kilim ornament pattern which has made the greatest impression on them. The ornaments have been previously printed in black and white on paper. Thus, the featured ornament from the kilim composition becomes abstract. It also can associate to other cultures, for example of Mayas and Incas. In this way, the visitors will easily remember and recognise the marks of Pirot and Serbia. Also, the visitors will be able to actively participate. They will be able to make photographs inserting their faces into the hole of the previously prepared and enlarged photography from this series (face-in-hole). For instance, these photographs will be Tutanchamon and Crete Snake Goddess.


Using this series of photography, I want to send a message that, in this time of mixing cultural tendencies and styles, identity, diversity and values should not be lost.