A Journey to
Serbia: My Fish Cross Borders
During my travels as a land artist, I usually sit near the window and look
at the earth and capture images. Man, in the past time, saw his destiny
and future in the sky, but I see the earth from the sky and consequently
think about its political, geographical, ecological, and cultural changes.
The initial purpose of my
trip was an organized retrospective of my work, two lectures on Iranian
contemporary art, and a workshop of environmental art.
Upon my arrival in Serbia
I learned that because of a large public demonstration, my presentation at
the Art University of Belgrade was postponed until a few days later.
I was advised to stay in
my hotel, but I, of course, wanted to see the protest. I am always
interested to be in ‘unusual situations’. I took my digital camera with
me and began exploring the city. No one interrupted or disturbed me. I
tried to interpret what was going on.
saw thousands of people who were against the
independence of Kosovo demonstrating in the city
Stones thrown by people broke windows and glass, but my stones freed fish.
I could not ignore the
current political situation. In such a
circumstance, it is difficult to think only about fish. There is a
definite link between nature, humans, and other
I wanted to show my
impressions about the division of the former Yugoslavia. In 1991 when I
was a language course student in France, I asked many students: “Where are
you from?” A student from former Yugoslavia answered that, “ When I left
my country I came from Yugoslavia, but now I do not know where I come
not want to support or be against the process of division, but I know that
fish live with more ease than humans do. They move from one corner to
another corner of the world. They do not recognize border.
this work I projected the old map of the former Yugoslavia on the faces of
students. I assume that their parents may come from different parts of
a land artist and the map in many ways represents for me some aspect of
the land. I believe that people shape maps. Its shape relates to our
particular race, beliefs, as well as historical and political, social and
cultural conditions. Our map may very well represent our history and
I showed my works in
Serbia to Professor Milos Sobaic, the
Dean of the Faculty of Art and Design.