13km from the center, 2007
finalist DENES Award , 2006
Aračinovo 2001 by Aleksandra Petruševska
Aračinovo 2001 is a project I began last year by presenting my demolished house and it consists of several pieces in different media. In the paintings (oil on canvas) in a seemingly hyper-realistic approach I relive my personal experience in the recent events in Aračinovo.
Focusing on burning issues from current life and experience came after the process that led me to this final solution – transferring the real situation on huge canvases – was the beginning of realizing the Aračinovo 2001 project.
The idea was to present my own reality through images. I lost my home in Aračinovo, 15 kilometers from the center of Skopje, 5 years ago during the conflict. My life as a refugee in the city is incitement enough for starting of a cycle of the sort.
The longing for one’s own home induces idealization of everything one has lost, indignation and a disturbed social life. A question emerges. How long? How long must we feel consequences from something so short-lived?
I look into this issue from my personal viewpoint, listening to my own feeling.
In each of the pieces I have created so far one can detect a clear difference in composition: from presenting a whole interior, demolished, destroyed, to zoomed-in segments implying destruction without revealing the cause.
All the segments from the previous pieces were taken from our family home.
10. 12. 2007 21:07:51
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