Time and wear

Nowadays, when everything is consumed by our fast life style, which creates the necessity to always look forward, I think it is important to take a moment and look back and see where our roots, our memory, and a part of us are. 

From this comes a decision and aspiration towards analysis of the traditional Balkan costume which is at the same time closely connected to the question of identity and memory. The result of my artistic research is the series of art pieces with the goal to emphasize the body as the paradigm and the condition through which the conflict between the collective and individual identity is accentuated but also that collective memory is a necessary condition for the definition of the individual identity. 

Serbian traditional costume as well as the costume from other parts of the Balkans, represents one of the basic ethnic characteristics. What is so important is to constitute the relationship between the costume and the identity. The first example of that relationship can be seen in a custom of identification of the origin and a certain community affiliation through the traditional costume. At the same time, the fact that the traditional costume was accessorized with jewelry shows that the costume was a reflection of social status and age of a woman wearing it.

Moreover, the traditional costume is a reflection of the creative potential of people who considered handwork as a means of expressing creativity. Each phase of life, every event from the childhood to the adulthood, from virginity to motherhood, form marriage to widowhood, can be simply determined with the costume that is worn on certain occasions. In that way the costume becomes a kind of identification of each member of the community, especially of women.