Skopje Walkie Talkie
Susanne Hefti/Damjan Kokalevski

242 pp.
with numerous black-white and colour illustrations
thread-sewn hardcover

Leipzig October, 2019
ISBN: 9783959052467
Edition Number: 1

Width: 24.8 cm
Length: 36.5 cm

Language(s): English

Hammer (Sereina Rothenberger & David Schatz)

Susanne Hefti, Damjan Kokalevski

Susanne Hefti

Damjan Kokalevski, Suzana Milevska

Skopje Walkie Talkie focuses on how public spaces are being transformed to legitimize and reinforce populist, nationalist power structures. Using the North Macedonian capital of Skopje as an example, it points out how the newly created, extravagant identity for the city centre has made an impact – as numerous new buildings have sprung up between 2008 and 2018 at an estimated cost of approximately 680 million euros. But the architectural expertise from the 1960s and 70s, gained after a disastrous earthquake thanks to a large reconstruction project led by the UN, has been obscured, neglected or even destroyed. This book is an artistic, political exploration of the urban space. It is the result of long-term collaboration between Susanne Hefti and Damjan Kokalevski.

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