The photographs in this series are a personal reflection of my decade long residency in the Middle East. After settling in Beirut in 2002, my initial aim was to portray everyday life in the Levant region, however, over time I became obsessed with discoveries of remnants of a different time and geographic space.
The unusual mix of social landscapes, references to contrasting religious iconography and worship rituals, portraits of political and patriarchal figureheads represent fragments of the zeitgeist of multi-ethnic, multi-religious Yugoslavia of the 1970s, with its socialist yet
In hindsight, it is apparent that these photographs perhaps say less about reliving childhood than the incapacity to escape it, wherever in the world I happen to be. They are a lament for Yugoslavia’s misconstrued ‘golden era’, the welfare, security and prosperity that people of my generation naively took for granted, then subsequently lost in the break-up of the country and the ensuing devastation of economic, social, moral and cultural values.
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Long-term Parking, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
Siesta, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003
Pietà, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
Wild Horses, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
Across the Street, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003
Father Figure I, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2004
Rampage, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003
Fast Religion, Deir el Qamar, Lebanon, 2003
Domestic Shrine, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004
Drive-thru Chapel, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004