Like Kerouac, Korta went spontaneously on the road and ended up in the Balkans. The main purpose of the trip was the photography project illustrating the Balkans of today. His “Balkan Playground” project explores Balkan identity. It certainly does not recall the magical landscapes one sees in travel agency brochures advertising a trip to Dalmatia. Korta perceives the Balkans as the place where time has stopped. One cannot really pinpoint neither the time nor space in which the picture was taken. Modernity and the Soviet Union seem to be merging. Pristine landscapes and young women wearing summer dresses are coupled with derelict buildings, elderly people sitting by the front door of their houses as if they were protecting tradition, men dressed in military clothing resembling post-apocalyptic troops, and African cliques fighting over some overgrown basketball courts, over their right to the future. The future we see is geared towards the West, however it is still deeply hampered by tradition, history, and people’s mentality. Every individual frame portrays the complexity and ambiguity of the contemporary Balkans.

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Author: Michal Korta
Essay by Miljenko Jergović (PL/Eng)
Dimensions: 17,5×20,5 cm
96 pages
62 color images
Paper: Arctic Volume Ivory 150
Print: Profit Bochnia
Typeface: ARS Maquette, Warnock Pro
Hard cover
350 copies
Release date: August 2016
ISBN: 978-83-945466-1-8

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Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 20.5 × 17.5 × 2 cm



Hard cover




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