4x art

Today my girls and I spent some very good time together… and we were creative. 🙂 This time with water color.  I present to you 4x Avdibeg art.

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The Journey Never Ends, part II

Several days ago the UNHCR published my column “The Journey Never Ends, part 1“. Here’s the second part.

THE JOURNEY NEVER ENDS, PART II
From time to time I get asked what I knew about Denmark before coming here. Since I was always very interested in geography I knew that Copenhagen was the nation’s capital and I knew that the peninsula of Jutland links Denmark to the rest of Europe. I knew that the country produced and exported a lot of meat and dairy products and that it did not have many natural resources.

So, what is my story in Denmark? In 1994 I started at Skive Gymnasium. I think it was here I first began to learn about the Danish language, society and culture. Later I started working and I learned even more about Danish values and society. In 2003 I graduated from Nordic Multimedia Academy as a multimedia designer, and since then I have worked as a graphic designer in various companies.

Unlike the natives I do not have a particularly good relationship with Danish food. I think it was in 1998 I got acquainted with Danish roasted potatoes. I was at the company’s Christmas party and I saw these delicious brown potatoes. I ignored almost all the other food and filled my plate with the potatoes. When I tasted it all my senses got a shock and I almost literally ended up on the floor, and it was not because of the beer or the schnapps! It was because I just could not dream potatoes could (or should) be sugary, sweet!

Another Danish food I could not eat for a really long time is rye bread. It was hard, dry and did not taste very good. It may well be that the bread is healthier than ciabatta style bread, but I always felt it tasted like wood. However, one thing I think Danes excel at is pastry, fruit tarts, and marzipan: Othello cake, apple cake (everything with apples) and berry tarts.

Although I now have lived in Denmark for 18 years I have still not got used to the Danish weather. We Danish Bosnians say that “even dogs do not bark in Denmark”, but if something is untamed in this country then it must be the weather. I still have a hard time getting used to rain, wind and sunshine all on the same day. The first two I could easily do without but in a way there is a certain charm (do I really mean this?) about the changing and unpredictable weather.

In Denmark I have lived in refugee centres, in a so-called satellite (a house attached to an asylum centre), a townhouse, a house and a number of flats. I think the process of establishing myself in a new country went rather well. It was not easy, I was a stranger and unfamiliar with the surroundings, but quietly my family and I found our place. It was not always easy to get in contact with the natives. This is especially true in the western Jutland where locals are often very reserved towards people they do not know. My experience is that they open up after they have known you some time. In the beginning I had a hard time understanding their reservation towards foreigners, but I got used to it and eventually I realized that’s a part of their way of life.

Today I have my own family; a wife and two beautiful daughters. I tell them stories about my home country and teach them about Bosnian cultural values, but I also raise them so that they tomorrow can be good and valuable members of the Danish society. I am very proud of my family and I know as long I have them with me everything is going to be fine – that is why I will always fight for democracy and individual freedom in Denmark so that my daughters do not experience what I was forced to in those dark, final years of the twentieth century.

Gamle danske plakater

Jeg fandt en webside med gamle plakater fra næsten hele verden, så jeg blev lidt nysgerrig og søgte under “skandinaviske plakater”. Her lå en lille men ikke helt uinteressant samling. Her er nogle som jeg kunne lide:

Storstroemsbroen

“Storstrømsbroen” af Aage Rasmussen, 1937. Plakaten er lavet i 1937 da broen blev indviet. Jeg kan lide denne plakat fordi mørke farver er dominerende, men også fordi der er disse lyse skyer i toppen som skaber kontrasten. Der er noget futuristisk over den med klare og lige linjer. Og den tyske tekst i bunden gør plakaten ikke grimmere. 🙂

Dansk Lufttransport

“Dansk Lufttransport” af Axel Nygård, ca. 1930.

Denne plakat er interessant fordi denne plakat for mig repræsenterer “det gamle Danmark”. Der er solen, den danske sommer, marker, køer og landsbylivet. Jeg tror at en aktuel politisk parti og dets marketingafdeling finder den daglige inspiration i plakater fra denne tid og lang op i 1950’erne.

DSB

“DSB” af Aage Rasmussen, 1937.

En meget interessant plakat efter min mening. Hastighedsindikator er virkelig minimalistisk (godt) lavet, som har en meget effektiv virkning, endnu mere forstærket af banens linjer. Jeg elsker kombinationen af mørkeblå og brun farve.

Danski kanon kulture

Danski ministar kulture Brian Mikkelsen je u jesen 2004. godine odlučio da sačini sedam odbora koji su trebali napraviti listu najreprezentativnijih kulturno-umjetničkih djela danske kulture na polju arhitekture, dizajna, scenske umjetnosti, literature, slikarstva, muzike i filma. 108 djela je ugledalo svjetlost dana 24. januara 2006. godine. Prije nekoliko sedmica je izdana knjiga, a danas i web stranica sa svim djelima.
Ono što će zainteresovati bosanske umjetničke sladokusce je činjenica da se o danskim djelima može čitati i na bosanskom jeziku.
Kada dođete na početnu stranicu, vidjećete pregled svih djela. Izaberite neko od njih i u lijevom gornjem uglu ćete vidjeti naslov “more languages”. Nakon toga ćete moći izabrati naslov na bosanskom, pored arapskog i turskog.

Iako se u biti protivim ikakvom elitističkom odabiru najboljih umjetničkih djela jedne zemlje ili kulture, mislim da je za nekoga ko ne poznaje npr. dansku kulturu ovo odlična prilika da dobije bolji uvid u umjetničko stvaralaštvo ove skandinavske zemlje.
Ja živim u Danskoj i poznajem veliki dio ovih djela, pa kao i mnogi stanovnici ove zemlje, imam svoje mišljenje o izboru djela. to se tiče filma, ne mislim da Idioti i Fešta zaslužuje mjesto na ovoj listi, no svako ima svoje mišljenje.
A sada odoh malo to pobliže ispitati.

Superstar artist

My brother is at the moment in London, and recently he sent me an SMS.
This is what he wrote to me (translated from Bosnian):

“Holy shit, man!
Yesterday I wanted to see Caravaggio exhibition at The National Gallery, but it was sold out. Now I have just come here and there is a row with 1000 people.
STUPID SUPERSTAR ARTIST!”

Hehe, that cracked me up, brazzi!