Monumenti, shifts in the Yugoslav memory

Monumenti is made up of 43 panels displaying photographs of monuments built since the start of the twentieth century in the former Yugoslavian republics. Marko Krojač’s shots evoke the history of a country torn apart and present monuments which moulded a national and multiple identity determined by political transitions.
 
Mutilated constructions, abandoned memorials and reconfigured sculptures bear witness both to the still vivid traces of war and to the central position of memory, history and commemoration. These questions indicate the complexity of sharing a common past and building peace in the Balkan region after many years of war and violence.

Initially conceived by the Balkan section of Forum ZFD (Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst – Civil Peace Service Forum), the exhibition was taken in and adapted in Switzerland by Atelier Interdisciplinaire de Recherche. It will be presented to the public in the Maison de l’histoire (House of history) area at the next Fair for Books and Press as a preview of the events organised by the history festival “Rencontres de Genève Histoire et Cité” (14 to 16 May in Geneva).
 
Photographic credits:   
1. Monumenti Exhibition in Geneva (Atelier interdisciplinaire de Recherche 2014) copyright: Ludovic Wrobel
2. Monumenti Exhibition in Geneva (Atelier interdisciplinaire de Recherche 2014) copyright: Yannik Snoeckx