The book Brotherhood and Unity presents the author's seven-year visual research about the disintegration / breakup of the former Yugoslavia. Book tells the story about identity, about the unification and divergence of nations in former Yugoslavia. 

Olja Triaška Stefanović is photographing the presence of the past through abandoned monuments, monuments and memorial landscapes, empty and destroyed Yugoslavia architecture and visually analyzes the terms remembrance and forgetting in the context of the disintegration of Yugoslavia and her own memory and personal history. In the photographic essay, she combined her photography essay with her short texts, family archive photos and an archival newspaper from former Yugoslavia and it that way tells the story of the leftovers of a country that no longer exists. 

The second part of the book presents four essays written by Slovak writers Martin M. Šimečka and Andrej Bán and art historians and professor Milena Bartlová from Prague and art historian Bohunka Koklesová from Bratislava, Slovakia. Essay are focus to issues of identity, remembrance and forgetting, brotherhood and unity and to the political situation and changes in Eastern Europe after 1989.
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"Brotherhood and Unity is a photographic requiem for recent Yugoslav history in relationship to the life story of the photographer Olja Triaška Stefanović. It is a multilayered work about shining memories and deep upheavals; about childhood, youth and trauma; about abandoned monuments and other architectural legacies; and about the question what does it all mean for us today."
Prof. Roman Bezjak
Photographer, professor at Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences, the Department of Design (Fachhochschule Bielefeld, Fachbereich Gestaltung)
Hamburg, Germany
"In Olja Triaška Stefanović’s book Brotherhood and Unity, I sense a whiff of pulverized concrete and decaying artefacts, relics to a history that is fixed in time; a burden of hopes stuck in the mud. And yet, the gentle act of moving through this book, as our fingers grasp the pages, affords us to touch this past and mark it for ourselves. Books are physical mediums; memories, generally, are not. And yet, Olja shows us that memory, and trauma, can be built and placed not just as an image of the mind, but right in front of us, materialized as something that is more-than-sight, but sensate, sensible and lasting."
Donald Weber
Prize winning photographer,
lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in the Hague
Rotterdam, Holandsko/Rotterdam, the Netherlands
"Since we have been working together for many years, I can openly say that I have positive preconceptions about Olja Triaška Stefanović’s works and her work in general. I highly appreciate and value her professional and human qualities, and that is why I invited her to collaborate with me. Besides her professionalism, the book Brotherhood and Unity reflects also her sensibility and ability to penetrate deep into the given issue. Through her own personal story, this book gets to the heart of the story of the former Yugoslavia’s society. This sensitively and wisely designed book tells about these events speaking the language 
of a time-lapse cycle of Olja’s authentic photographs and archive material. This publication is not only a reflection of the author’s artistic qualities but also a documentation of her long-term research and work, including the preparation of the exhibition accompanied by the presentation of this exceptional publication."
Prof. Ilona Németh
Visual artist
Dunajská Streda, Slovakia
"Olja is one of us, an urban intellectual, a cosmopolitan, a free human being. However, her life story is dramatically different from the stories of most of us. It took place in a similar spatial framework determined by the idea of a welfare/socialist state and the architecture and urbanism of late modernism. The scenery of her childhood is also our scenery. However, the images of her adolescence and adulthood are dramatically different from ours. The book Brotherhood and Unity perfectly captures this paradox. Olja conveys her life experience with no pathos or direct depiction of violence through the images of abandoned architecture in the country, a disturbed modern city and empty interiors of power. It is precisely this experience that makes her different - the experience that needs to be remembered."
Prof. Henrieta Moravčíková
Theoretician and professor of architecture
Bratislava, Slovakia
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Graphic Design

"Design of the book is simple as I wanted. I didn’t want to compete with the photographs, I wanted to accompany them. I am very happy for the cover without title, there are just two abandoned telephones waiting for the call that will never come."
Juraj Blaško
Graphic designer of the book
Bratislava, Slovakia
"Juraj is my friend and colleague at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design. He knows me and knows my visual narrative, and Juraj travelled with me for some road trips to ex Yugoslavia. He experienced my moments of making chapters, taking photos revoking stories from childhood and we were team from the beginning of book making process. For me that was and still is the most important part of the process."
Olja Triaška Stefanović
Author of the book
Bratislava, Slovakia
Juraj Olja foto
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"I wanted to make a book and tell a story about my generation, about our childhood stories and adult disappointments. Now after 30 years of fall of Berlin Wall and war in Ex-Yugoslavia, I think it is essential to tell a stories, to speak about importance of democracy and to bring closer to public stories of how bad nationalism and dictatorships can be and what look like life under the embargo and in isolation."
Olja Triaška Stefanović
Author of the book
Bratislava, Slovakia
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Launch of the book

The City Gallery of Bratislava, Mirbach Palac,
September 11th, 2020
Moderated discussion
Moderator: Martin Stano
Guests: Olja Triaška Stefanović, Bohunka Koklesova. Prof. Milena Bartlová, Martin M.Šimečka, Andrej Bán

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Brotherhood and Unity

Author: © Olja Triaška Stefanović
Photographs: © Olja Triaška Stefanović, 2012  – 2019
Editors: Olja Triaška Stefanović, Bohunka Koklesová
Texts: ©Martin M. Šimečka, ©Andrej Bán, ©Milena Bartlová, ©Bohunka Koklesová
Graphic design: © Juraj Blaško
Slovak and Czech proofreading: Juliana Beňová
English translation: Elena McCullough, Paul McCullough
English proofreading:  Ben Pascoe
Serbian translation: Stefana Paunović Rodić,
Vladimíra Dorčová Valtnerová
Published by: Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava
Printed by: DEVIN printing house, s. r. o.
Paper: Arctic Volume Ice, Munken Pure
Typeface: Nitida Text Plus, Nitida Poster (DSType)
Circulation: 350,
First edition: 2020,
ISBN 978-80-8189-038-3

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