ten narratives that occur at different geographical locations throughout
Nostalgia and Desire”, attests for a generation of people whose
inclination towards Yugoslavia, can still be felt
after twenty-six years of independence.
their habitual surroundings where enveloped by objects with which decorating
their homes the people
the lingering feelings they still have towards Yugoslavia, Shekerov
gradually opens up dialogue and
us to think along with him, wondering if a keepsake can be more than just a
reminder of a past. More
if such objects can hold both sentimental longings and prospects. Born in
1992, for Shekerov, Yugoslavia and
the image of Josip Broz Tito is something he got acquainted with through his
grandfather’s stories and photographs
found in an old family album. Family albums allow one to become familiar
with one’s past, and sometimes
that of our own. In the exhibition, Shekerov uses his old family album
conceived throughout the years by
his grandfather, in a subtle man- ner as a way to connect with the people he
photographs. The accumulated knowledge
in Shekerov’s case is the support for an immediate connection between
for a lived past time, the photographs carry in them traces of nostalgia,
while simultaneously reminding us
that this gestures of giving space to objects and collecting portraits and
symbols of Yugoslavia are also a
way to hold onto and continue the values that they associate with their
past. Capturing the particular way in which
the objects are kept in their environment and how they are taken care for,
Shekerov foregrounds that their meaning
is more than just a sentimental value. Holding onto a map of a country that
does not exist anymore, or declaring
as Yugoslavian, is perhaps a way for them to say that a belief in shared
values is still possible and conceivable necessary.
Thus, in those moments, the documentary photographs, intimately showing
people’s belongings gains
a socio-political significance.
willingness of the people we encounter in the photographs to open the doors
of their homes is a sign that
do not want their story to end with them, but to continue through the
visitors, evoking curiosity for a specific time.
Not as a history but as a way of living.
can also be read through the gesture of presenting a forget me not token. A
small present, given to Shekerov during
their conversation. A sign of a recognition between two people who
regardless the age difference have interest
towards the same subject...