Just like animals use their patterns, spots and colors of their skins and furs to merge with the environment in order to prolong their fleeting life, humans mask every day in order to fit into social norms and stereotypes. However, clothes with wild animal patterns and designs are directly contrary to the norms and stereotypes for, unlike our most frequent, simple clothing choices, tigers, leopards, snakes and rabbits are easy targets for the looks of the people around. Animal prints, or better to say real animal skins and furs were something that was considered a status symbol in the tribal communities. It was a symbol of power, strength and experience of the ones wearing them, and often even, they evoked fear. Later on they became a symbol of prestige and elegance in haute couture. Today real animal skins are greatly substituted by various artificial, often cheap and accessible materials imitating them. This made it possibility for the majority to wear, and by wearing to feel, maybe exactly all the previously mentioned symbols, that were before reserved for the fortunate few. Safari is a series that explores the psychological background of the human desire for imitating certain animal species and also the human relationship to these species. These new beings presented in the series, yet unknown to biology, hold somewhat of their original models – people and animals. Can it be that this is a new way we humans show solidarity and belonging to the animal world in hope that we will find our forgotten roots in nature, we so much alienated from in the past century? Or, is it yet another way of endless human tendency to tame, conquer and finally appropriate nature... * No animals were harmed for the purposes of this project.
  • Culinary Crumbs

    Kulinarske mrvice Mrvić Milice, or Culinary Crumbs by Milica Crumbs ( wich is sort of what my last name means in translation) is a book and a series of photographs inspired by my great grandmother's cook book and also some handwriten and colected recepies from my grandmother. The original cook book is a mixture of recepies and useful tips for a modern housewife of the begining of the 20th century, and if you can imagine there are some pretty wierd tips. Some of the things are really useful, and I dont know why they are not more commonly known, but some are not really that much useable these days. You probably wont be making an icecream for 4 hours without having a freezer but with a tone of ice, but still it is great to know how it was done. Also the old Serbo-Croat language used here is so humorously direct and funny from this point of view, that it is a delight reading it. As I am aproximatly the same age now as my grate grandmother and grandmother were at the time they started using these advices and recepies, and as I am really not much of a cook, I decided to describe these recepies and some of the advices given in the book in the way they could be done. And as I heard cooking is a lot of fun once you get the hang of it.