A marked generation fights the war-image

A marked generation fights the war-image

War tore apart Yugoslavia only two decades ago and divided families, towns and friends into ethnical groups. It left the rest of the world with a clear and simplistic narrative, in most cases with Serbia as the nationalistic aggressor and the rest of the region as mere victims. A new generation of Serbs, who didn’t experience the war, fight the stereotype of Serbia as a bloodthirsty country. And that is far from easy. Coen van…

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‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

‘Casual National’ as the savior of traditional Serbian values

For a society that is gradually moving to the west, a radical nationalist movement is appealing for youngsters afraid of their country shaking off its traditional values. “My parents and neighbours are proud of me,” says the 21-year-old Dobrica Petrić. Coen van de Ven

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Vukovar: Still divided by war

Vukovar: Still divided by war

The war between Croatia and Serbia may be over but in border town Vukovar, which was one of the most destroyed places, a new generation inherits the stories of the war-generation before them due to heavy separation. Coen van de Ven

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Exploring Serbia’s history through art

Exploring Serbia’s history through art

Serbia as the prey of three different ideologies can be seen as the main message in the latest work of Belgrade artist Aleksandar Todorovic, who expresses through his incredibly detailed paintings the pessimistic scenarios for Serbian youngsters. Coen van de Ven

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