Eagles, Army Headquarters and Football Films,


Since 2014, I have been photographing and documenting three specific sites in Belgrade’s ever-changing urban landscape. These locations show condition where conflict, economic speculations, and historical revisionism have disrupted and damaged not only the physical environment and infrastructure of the city but also the social and cultural networks.

The photographic series focuses on architecture and its role as a “material witness” in this process. As the transformation appears unstoppable and its duration unknown, my project aims to document and archive these sites, providing a visible record of the steps and processes that will shape the future.


The Army Headquarters

The building of the Army Headquarters, also known as the Ministry of National Defense in Belgrade, was a seminal architectural project that symbolized a new national identity, built between 1954-1963. Architect Nikola Dobrovic's scheme won the competition held by the Yugoslav Army, as he distinguished his design from the Soviet counterpart in Moscow by stripping it of any classical representations of power. Instead, he created "Bergson's diagrams" (referring to French philosopher Henri Bergson) based on the void where the nation's identity was to be found, in non-matter and in the action of the individual moving through the void.

The complex's only (physically) recognizable symbol is an evocation of the Sutjeska canyon, the site of one of the greatest battles against Fascist occupation in WWII.