Ministry of Transport building in Tbilisi, Georgia, which is now occupied by banking house
Since 2004, Roman Bezjak continuously travelled through East- and Southeast Europe and also through the eastern part of Germany, constantly seeking buildings, which could be categorized as examples of the architectural era of the socialistic modernism. He gained support in the form of scholarships from the Collecting Society Bild-Kunst and the Robert-Bosch Foundation. Bezjak’s efforts resulted in an extensive photo collection, providing a sort of archaeology for this modern era. Unpretentious yet disciplined, he took photos of residential buildings, hotels, cultural venues and similar edifices with a specific function in the public sphere. Looking at his work, a transcendental, utopian vocabulary of forms and shapes comes to notice, implying an architectural monotony of the time. Bezjak’s photographs reveal the visible wear and tear of the utopian and its placement in the everyday life of the present. (Inka Schube)
Roman Bezjak, born 1962 in Ptuj, Slovenia, will extend his photo collection with an additional shot, taken in Maribor.
Block of residential buildings in Russia’s St. Petersburg
Building in Pristina, Kosovo
Relief in Minsk
Halle, East Germany
Monstrous residential building in the Polish Gdansk is 850 meters long
Museum in the center of Tirana, Albania
Eastern Gate of Belgrade or “Rudo” by the Bosnian town of the same name – the three towers of 27 floors, built in the mid-seventies, and Bezjak’s monograph misguided as the “Three Widows”
Dragana Kostica is the Belgrade-based editor in chief and founder of Still in Belgrade art, culture and club scene magazine. She holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Policy and Management in Arts (MA of Arts) and a Bachelor degree in Archaeology.