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Artistic contribution

to Cultural versus National Borders

Gergely László and Katarina Šević



„found object“

Three years ago, in 2003, thirteen years after the fall of Yugoslavia, Serbian citizens were allowed for the first time the to enter Croatian territory without visas. Finally, people had the possibility again to go to the places along the seaside they longed to visit for so many years, some of them even to visit their summer houses. By now, many of these houses have a ‘new’ owner, or have been destroyed, damaged, or robbed.

My family’s summer house was build in 1972, in Žuljana, a small village on the Peninsula of Pelješac. When we found it again in 2003, only the flat roof and the walls were left, and it was obvious that different people had visited it during the war. Some village neighbors said that there were soldiers, homeless and immigrants coming and going…

In the last three years, every summer, we spend a month there, trying to restore the house by ourselves. Just the clearing of the rubbish took more than a week. During the week, in and around the house, we came across different objects, some of which we kept. Each one of them brings back different feelings and memories.
Slowly, they become readable and bear witness to the history of one house. This is why we have decided to try to map the past of the house by cataloguing the found objects and by organizing them into the ‘House Museum’.

We devided the objects in to 3 sections:

1. xxxx - 1971.
The walls of the summer house were erected on the ruins of a very old house. Objects in this category are from the time before the buying of the location and building of the summer house in 1972. Most of these objects were deep in the ground, damaged, and corroded.

2. 1971. -1990.
Djordje Šević built the summer house using the layout of the ruined edifice in the ground and the scattered old stones lying around. Second section contains the objects that belonged to the Šević family during the summers they spent there from 1972 to 1990.

3. 1990-2002
The last sections is of those objects that arrived to the location with the events of the war. Unfortunately we have thrown away most of them during the clearing, so only a few of them remain and are included in the Museum collection.

Katarina Šević and Gergely László,
Žuljana 2005


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