Slovenia, Novo Mesto, Glavni trg, April 2009
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The white, blue and red of the Slovenian flag are the pan-Slavic colours. Slovenia declared independence in 1991 and placed after a long and controversial dispute its arms in the upper hoist of the tricolour to create a distinct national flag.
The people in nowadays Croatia and Slovenia had a friendly relationship for a very long time. This changed when Yugoslavia broke up; suddenly people that lived together felt separated. Families and friends that lived on the new made border were at once in different countries and hence not any longer attached to one another. Slovenia, already part of the European Union, got in conflict with Croatia when the countries were shaped and the sea border was defined after international laws. It left Slovenia with a tiny peace of shore, not big enough to have good access to the sea. Croatia doesn't want to give any land to Slovenia and when the European Commission voted for the acceptance of Croatia, Slovenia blocked it with its veto and left both countries in an impossible situation, influencing everyday live in a negative way.
Despite of the helpful people in Novo Mesto we did not succeed in completing a field of Slovenian flags. An unexpected cloudburst soaked the cardboard flags and made it impossible to finish the field. Iztok Hotko, curator for Galerijo Simulaker, helped organizing and Bostjan Pucelj (www.bostjanpucelj.com) made some pictures.
The most remarkable statement was: "Slovenia is propaganda bullshit". Other people reacted more subtle; they recognize the pan-Slavic colours, but have no feeling towards the arms of Slovenia. It's only designed to have a different flag as Russia has and doesn't represent their country.
We hope to be back in Slovenia to make a field of flags and to spread the message "unity through identity".
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User Reactions on Novo Mesto, April 2009
I hope to see you next time to Ljubljana. Regards
By: Karol on: 2009-04-27
come back to try again; it's not allways raining! you deserve sun..
By: mattias on: 2009-04-27