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                                             Twentysix gasoline Stations Only, 2010

Twentysix Gasoline Stations from Ljubljana, where I live, to Sarajevo where my grandfather was born.

Twentysix Gasoline Stations Only
Ljubljana, 2010
softcover, unsigned, edition of 100, 17,5 x 25 cm, 44 p.



Gasoline Stations, Again, 2014

I've conducted a photo series of 26 gasoline stations on the route from Ljubljana to Sarajevo in 2010. The work has been published as an artists' book Twentysix Gasoline Stations Only. It is remake of Ed Ruscha's famous book Twentysix Gasoline Stations from 1962, a photos of the gasoline stations from Los Angeles where he used to live, to Oklahoma City where he grew up. A 552 km long route from Ljubljana to Sarajevo is a way from the city I live to Sarajevo where my grandfather was born. Travel to Sarajevo is not only connected with family history, but is for my generation the returning to the center of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and the city of collective traumas of post-Yugoslavia countries.

Four years later, in 2014, some of these 26 gasoline stations, have new owners and some have been demolished. Most gasoline stations along Bosnia are private and their creation is associated with war profit. A recent changes are the evidence of a new trend of privatization.

Few gasoline stations on the way from Ljubljana to Sarajevo have been demoliashed or change theire owners in the last four years. All this stations are crossed out in red.

Between Democracies 1989-2014: Commemoration and Memory
University of Johannesburg, South Africa
3 - 30 September

Curators: Judy Peter & Richard Gregor

Gasoline Stations, Again

Gallery Spot, Zagreb
October 10 – October 23 2016

Opening and artist talk on Monday, October 10 2016, at 19.00 at Gallery Spot

In the year 2010 I have photographed gasoline stations on the way from Ljubljana to Sarajevo 552 kilometers long, and wrote a book that I called Twentysix Gasoline Stations Only. I wanted to make something similar to Ed Ruscha, who in 1963 photographed gasoline stations from Los Angeles where he lived, to Oklahoma where he grew up, for his first and best known book Twentysix Gasoline Stations. Ruscha described those gasoline stations as the modern age monuments because they represent then budding automobile culture, while their architecture was an ode to concrete structures.

For me returning to Sarajevo was the return to a place which has a special meaning in my family because my grandfather was born there. Travelling from station to station, to places where the traces of socialism, war and wild privatization are mixing; returning to Sarajevo was a journey to the center of the breakup of Yugoslavia, to the place of the collective trauma of our society. Bosnian gasoline stations are also the monuments itself. Their names speak of ethnicity, sometimes because of the name of the owner, and sometimes it may be identified through different terminology ('crpka' in Croatian and 'pump' in Serbian).

”Nikad ne možeš razumjeti ono što je sad, iako je to jedino što vidiš”

Razgovor sa Sandra Križić Roban prilikom otvaranju izložbe Gasoline Stations, Again, Gallery Spot, Zagreb.