BB 34, JAT Skopje – Belgrade 19 July, 2008

BB 34, JAT Skopje – Belgrade
19 July, 2008

The fountain at the Art House Hotel acts as
morning call to breakfast, cascading at 8am
every day. Sun-dial saplings cast a right-side
shadow here atop Kicevo, Macedonia. Psycho
art pops in moments shared by old, young, Turkish
locals, many Serbs, and Kwang Suk, the lone
Asian. Miro, whose day job is Byzantine restorations,
paints average abstracts, but drinks so well. Laughing,
Srdgan offers puffs that drive Yobo crazy. The evening
goat walk is not yet an Olympic sport, reinforces our
presence in the Balkans. On day one I visit Knechnyo,
the village of 15 or so old houses, three donkeys, and
one spring. A farmer shows where lightning struck
the side of his house, and split a tree. Cetanka paints
the grape-laden staircase of a house made of two
masonries, both shaky, with seven rows of stones then
a wood strip. It appears to be the standard format in
town. Back at the Hotel, cliques form along age, previous
knowledge and language lines. Still, art survives.



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