Until 1918, a huge part of the Balkans was part of the "Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy", or - the other way round - Austria was part of the "Balkans". After the collapses of the Austro-Hungarian and the Russian Empires, the term "Balkanization" came into common use, refering to the numerous new states that arose out of these.
Borders continuously change, but the idea of the "Balkans" stays. So where begins the Balkans and where does it end? Is there something like a "mental" Balkans? Where is it located? What means "Balkan" to you? What are your connotations, associations?
While the rest of the continent starts the "Europezation" of the Balkans, we start the reverse process: we balkanize Europe. Please help with your contributions. Give your images, texts, sounds to contribute to the balkanized Europe of the future.
Concept: Eva Ursprung (Graz), Mihael Milunovic (Paris/Belgrade), Stevan Vukovic (Belgrade) 2003, relaunch 2012
Kunsthaus Graz: Installation on site by Eva Ursprung, Sabine Maier and Doris Jauk-Hinz. Balkanize it!