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Abrasevic Youth Cultural Center

September 16, 2013

One of my favorite places in the whole world… I worked here for three years. It’s a dream factory.

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I wrote about my time in Abrasevic, for the volunteer organization (Brethren Volunteer Service) that supported me during my time there:

One thing that I learned in Abrasevic is how important urban public spaces are; they are a room of one’s own for cities. It’s essential for Mostar to have an Abrasevic. It’s essential for every city to have neutral open spaces that allow people to interact. In Calvino’s “Invisible Cities”, Marko Polo tells Kublai Khan stories of a hundred fantastical cities, only to reveal that– “all cities to me are Venice”. After three years of walking the same streets over and over, mapping the city, filming it, writing in it, discussing it endlessly– “all cities are Mostar, and must necessarily contain an Abrasevic”. When I move to new places, I search for an Abrasevic. Of course I can never find another Abrasevic, so irreplaceable and unique, but I translate the values which made Abras so dear to me (solidarity, creativity, espresso) into other contexts.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2013 7:44 pm

    How special to have a place like that!

  2. Julie permalink
    September 17, 2013 11:23 pm

    “all cities to me are mostar”– 🙂 such a thoughtful post!

  3. Tory permalink
    September 27, 2013 6:13 pm

    Where is your Abras in Bratunac? (I am in Istanbul right now missing you – your blog seemed like a good fix!)

    • September 29, 2013 2:49 pm

      hej draga!! hehe no Abras in Bratunac unfortunately… someone needs to start one 😀 sending you an email!

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