These photos were made from the window of a tram number 11 in Zagreb.
When I start a workshop, I used to say to my students that I’m not here to teach them art, but to give them a tool that will allow them to tell their desires, their dreams, their inner battles. Whether it’s through photography, painting, installation, film or one of the many other mediums to express one’s creativity; art provides a platform to raise awareness and encourages refugees to find their own potential. Being able to express ourselves without judgement is one of the most therapeutic aspects of making art.
The main idea for intervention in the woods of memorial park Dotršćina is installation that consists of planting herbs at certain points of the forest, also with the old men’s and women’s clothing tied around the trees with medicinal herbs planted inside.
Through the herbs planting , I would like, however briefly, reverse soil that is saturated with memories of all executed.
Nature, the countryside and everything built around a certain locality is its surrounding.
When I moved away from the tall buildings and skyscrapers to the east side of the city, where family houses dominated, I have found myself in completely new surroundings.
After a while I wanted to conceive my own way of communication with the new ambience and the people living in it. I’ve noticed that in front of every front door there is a small well-decorated garden.
Motivated by it, I’ve started to plant herbs and flowers on my balcony. I have raised the pots from the ground and wrapped them into colorful fabrics so that people passing by could easily notice them.
When the seeds started to grow I have also started writing interesting pieces of information about the plants in chalk on the street.
For example: “Coriander has sprouted. Tea from its seeds has medicinal properties. I am still waiting for rosemary, thyme and basil to shoot up.”
Children were the first to notice my activity on the street, some of them joining me, drawing in colored chalk further down the street. The highlight of the action happend when the plants grow enough for me to replant them in new pots, leaving them in front of every neighbors door.
As a way of documentation I chose digital camera and 8mm film, which I used to capture the procedure of seed planting, decorations of the pots and growth of the seed.
In the end, I am left with not only an aesthetically pleasing picture, but with the entire organic process inscribed on the film emulsion.
This is a clip from 16mm film, which was hand processed and filmed in collaboration with a filmmaker Josip Šćurec.