Mapping Stereotypes in BH Dani

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02.03.2012 BH Dani is one of the major magazines in Bosnia and Herzegovina and its latest issue features the Mapping Stereotypes project on 4 pages. You’ll find 4 of my maps inside plus a long interview by Bosnian journalist Esad Hecimovic in which we discuss my project from a Balkan perspective, touching on subjects like the break up of Yugoslavia, prejudiced history books and the Western ignorance regarding the region. I consider this article one of the best presentations of my project and I would like to thank BH Dani’s team for their amazing professionalism!

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Mnogi ljudi me pitaju za izvor kao da je ovo znanstveni projekt. Gledam na to kao na roman, djelo fikcije koje raspravlja o problemima ukorijenjenim u stvarnosti i unosi u to humor i satiru. Imajući to na umu, nema posebnih izvora koje je moguće navesti, i autor može prikupljati priče postupno, kroz iskustvo. Niko nije pitao Cervantesa o izvorima za Don Kihota. Ne mislim da je moj rad tako značajan, ali je ista vježba.

Many people ask me about sources as if this is a scientific project. I look at it as a novel, a work of fiction that discusses the problems rooted in reality and adds humor and satire. With this in mind, there aren’t specific sources that can be quoted, an author is able to gather stories gradually, with experience. Nobody asked Cervantes about his “sources” for Don Quixote. I don’t think my work is that significant but it’s the same type of exercise.

Za većinu ljudi, posebno na Zapadu, raspad Jugoslavije je sam po sebi kompleksna i zastrašujuća stvar i neki od njih misle da se krvoproliće desilo jer smo mi na Balkanu po put primitivnih Barbara. Nije im stalo ni da istraže zašto i kako su ovi ratovi počeli i kažu istinu. Teško je to objasniti uz pivo jer ima toliko historije kroz ko ju treba proći.

For most people, especially in the West, the break up of Yugoslavia is itself a complicated scary matter and some of them think the bloodshed happened because we on the Balkans are like primitive Barbarians. They won’t even care to investigate why and how these wars were started and it’s pretty hard to explain it over a beer because there’s so much history one has to go through.

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