Serbia Raw Photo Book
The self-organized collective Belgrade Raw is transforming into the Serbia Raw phenomenon: its core members, who have cooperated continually since 2009 through a series of workshops have, over time, connected people from different Serbian cities. The original ideas about an alternative visual and social re-examination of the urban tissue of Belgrade, as the country’s capital, have expanded to the activation, re-examination and presentation of scenes from and in fourteen cities.
In the past four years, we visited thirteen cities in different regions of Serbia within the self-initiated project Serbia Raw: Valjevo, Bor, Subotica, Knjaževac, Pančevo, Novi Sad, Novi Pazar, Niš, Zrenjanin, Požega, Kraljevo, Kragujevac and Vranje. Our workshop had been scheduled in Jagodina, too, but it was cancelled due to the fear of the employees at the public institution that cooperation with us would have negative consequences for them.
For us, the members, working on this project was a great and powerful experience, first of all, we got to know new people, cities and parts of Serbia through our individual experiences and photographic views, but also through the lenses and stories of workshop participants. We learned a lot about Serbia. For us, Serbia is multi-layered – cordial, beautiful and dear, but also frightened and sad.
Lying in front of you is our view of the cities of Serbia and a review of the final results – edits, created at 13 workshops.
U okviru samoiniciranog projekta Serbia Raw, posetili smo trinaest gradova u različitim regionima Srbije – Valjevo, Bor, Suboticu, Knjaževac, Pančevo, Novi Sad, Novi Pazar, Niš, Zrenjanin, Požegu, Kraljevo, Kragujevac i Vranje, tokom prošle četiri godine. Bila je zakazana i radionica u Jagodini, ali je otkazana zbog straha zaposlenih u javnoj instituciji da će saradnja sa nama imati negativne posledice po njih.
Za nas, članove, rad na ovom projektu predstavljao je veliko i snažno iskustvo, tokom kojeg smo, kako kroz sopstvene individualne empirijske i fotografske poglede, tako i kroz objektive i priče polaznika, upoznali nove ljude, gradove i delove Srbije. Naučili smo mnogo toga o Srbiji. Za nas je Srbija slojevita – srdačna, lepa i draga, ali i uplašena i tužna.
Pred vama je naš pogled na gradove Srbije i pregled krajnjih rezultata – složajeva, nastalih na 13 radionica.