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Nov 2013 back issue
A Passage through The Balkans
by Fabio Sgroi
This project is about the continuous change experienced in The Balkans over the last years. It's about the complexity of the human condition during the region's transition toward democracy. It's a personal view of the tension and the contradiction occurring there. I started my journey in 2004 from Istanbul; I decided to start from Turkey, to capture the influence of the Turkish 'Ottoman Empire' on the Balkans.  Over the following years I continued with my journey through Albania, Bosnia, Bucharest, Croatia, Hezegovina, Kosovo, Istanbul, Macedonia, Montenegro, Sofia, Serbia, Skopje and Thessaloniki. Over the centuries, The Balkans have been a melting pot of different cultures and often a focal point of poisonous hatred and devastating wars. Today, their identity is still rooted in a reminiscence of their difficult past. This a land of unsure boundaries, where opposites both attract and repel each other. The last decade has violently changed the physical and psychological dimension of these towns, evolving them into a nationalist drama and perhaps the conclusion of an irreversible sense of their own being. Nevertheless, there are vibrant feelings of hope and fear, stemming from the people's conflicting sense of their cultural heritage.
Sofia, Bulgaria 2004.
Belgrade, Serbia 2004.
Istanbul, Turkey 2003.
Sofia, Bulgaria 2004.
Skopje, Macedonia 2004.
Skopje, Macedonia 2004.
Sarajevo, Bosnia 2011.
Thessaloniki, Greece 2012
Sarajevo, Bosnia 2001.
Thessaloniki, Greece 2012.
Gracancia, Kosovo 2011.
Kotor, Montenegro 2011.
Gazimestar, Kosovo 2011.
Sofia, Bulgaria 2004.
Sarajevo, Bosnia 2011.
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