EXHIBITION “TRADINOVATION – FACING RURALITIES”

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photo: Ksenija Bunjak

 

EAT and the Open-air museum “Old Village” from Sirogojno opened their first joint exhibition “Tradinovation – Facing Ruralities”. 

Photo: Nikola Krstovic

photo: Nikola Krstovic

On the Zlatibor mountain in Serbia, at the Open-air museum “Old Village” Sirogojno, both the museum and the EAT presented the exhibition and initiated the start of the new joint project “Tradinovation – Facing Ruralities”.

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photo: Ksenija Bunjak

Seven traditional houses, located in the complex of the “Old Village” museum in Sirogojno, were transferred from the seven Zlatibor villages. Each house has its own story and the main purpose of the exhibition is to narrate them.

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

Different ideas of rurality exist in different social groups – for local residents it is a living framework; artists and researchers usually consider it a temporary residence or work environment; citizens and tourists have their specific vision of rurality, and so on. It is these different perspectives of rural that this exhibition is trying to reconcile, offering a complementary interpretation of the term. But, does the exhibition represent a proper medium for such a purpose? The issue becomes even more interesting when taken into account that the exhibits, in this case – houses, become means of spatial organization of the exhibition. What is the exhibition in this case? The existing spatial assembly of houses or small-screen installations next to them? The exhibition includes both groups of the exhibits – houses that formed primary narrative which is further clarified and updated by the small screens.

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

Thus, using 7 houses, 7 villages, 7 stories, 7 architectural elements and 7 materials, the faces of rurality through the concept of tradinovation are shown. It is suggested that rurality is a dynamic process, a heterogeneous fluid that is subject to constant changes in the appearance forms and that the interpretation of rurality depends mostly on the position of an observer and an actor in the rural. Therefore, rurality can have as many faces as there are observers and actors. Everyone will bring his own experience, knowledge, perception of the environment and recognize in it something close to him. Faced with a simple representation of rurality in the immediate vis-à-vis contact with it, the viewers with their unique experience give it a new value and create new meanings.

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

photo: Ksenija Bunjak

Hence, the aim of this exhibition is to go a step further, to present stories concealed behind the houses and to deepen stories about stories, to point to the hidden language of architecture and to remind of forgotten values – spiritual, material and in the contemporary context, particularly, ecological ones.

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