Sunday, 27 June 2010

other places


Skopje, Ohrid, Krusevo. I didn't take as many pictures as I wanted during the trip. Being part of a group is not exactly a condition perfect for picture taking, especially if the group consists of 18 historians/philologists. One of the professors kept talking about "typical socialist realism" whenever we saw abstract modernist monuments. This made me quite angry, especially because I had done a presentation about Skopje's architecture in which I had basically stated the opposite. I'm not quite sure how anyone could think that the Makedonium in Krusevo (last picture) is related to any kind of realism, but I guess our obsession with terminology stops as soon as it comes to art. Guh.
Anyways. I'm not going to write lengthy comments about which places I liked and why, mostly because it feels weird to write about something that is in fact part of what I study. The result of writing about the Balkans always seems to be a weird sort of Orientalism and I'd rather not fall into that trap.

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