Patria Mia – Nomad Direction

documentary by Duska Zagorac

>>I started off by making a film about the Chinese in Bosnia but in the process realized I was also making a film about the Bosnians in exile. At the same time, I found myself a mere observer of the new Bosnia, a society I no longer belonged to. So Patria Mia became almost like a letter to my lost country <<

Duska Zagorac, director

Here is the interview that I did with the director of the movie Patria Mia – Nomad Direction, Duska Zagorac, on transnational identities and Chinese community in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The movie Patria Mia was part of the project „Bosnia and Herzegovina: In Search for Lost Identity“. What does lost identity mean for you?

The idea behind this project was that each director would make a film that would interpret the theme in a very personal way. This meant that the twelve films that were made as part of this project were all very different.

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>>The concept of urbanity […] includes more than stimulating production of urban spaces and a variety of cultural offerings. Urbanity always means a picture of real life. It takes into account also the economic, social and political opportunities for a human life, which opens up a city for each of its citizens. <<

Häußermann / Siebel 1992: 06

Networked _001

by Peter Mörtenböck

>>Like the thresholds of consistency and constraint, the threshold of deterritorialisation is not evolutionary but rather coexists with the flows yet to cross it. While the stability of territorialisation may serve to control the flows of migration and trade across borders as well as the endurance of the borders themselves, deterritorialising pressures such as the increasing flow of financial resources or the mobility of legal or illegal workers amplify the strength of networks and the extreme elasticity of their operations. What emerges through the untoward disruptions, dislocations and redirections provoked by these global manoeuvres is a new consciousness of spatiality, a new kind of space whose cohesion depends not so much on distance as on loose affiliations, political alignments, market relations and aesthetic imaginations. Continue Reading →

>> order to be able to stay mobile it is necessary for migrants to develop some local ties and to be embedded in specific localities.<<

Dahinden 2010: 52

Researching Transitory Urban Phenomena – Rajlovac 2009 and 2012

When I first visited Rajlovac, a suburb part of city of Sarajevo, in spring 2010 I found there a vivid city part, mostly populated by Chinese community. Beside the economic contribution through trading, these people “contributed to revitalization of this urban quarter without architects and urban planners”(Sirbegovic, 2011: 172). This renewed vivid city quarter is still here in 2012, what seems to be missing is Chinese community. It merged into a semi – industrial zone for Bosnian companies, with service and trading utilities. Continue Reading →

>>What happened and is still happening […] is that the “juridically empty” space of the state of exception […] has transgressed its spatiotemporal boundaries and now, overflowing outside them, is starting to coincide with the normal order, in which everything again becomes possible.<<

Agamben 1998: 28