Opening of the 15th photography exhibition Applied Nostalgia
December 17 2018 | Belgrade
The 15th photography exhibition Applied Nostalgia, organised by the Ministry of European Integration on the occasion of the Austrian presidency over the Council of the European Union, has been opened today in Yugoslav Cinematheque in Belgrade. The authors of the exhibition are photographers Magdalena Miljkov from Serbia and Christopher Mavrič from Austria, while the idea is to improve cultural exchange between the two countries, as well as to promote European values and cooperation between Serbia and EU Member States.
State Secretary of the Ministry of European Integration Anja Rović, Austrian Ambassador to Serbia Nikolaus Lutterotti and Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Mateja Norčič Štamcar spoke at the opening of the exhibition.
Anja Rović stated that Serbia and Austria were strategic partners and that they worked together in many fields, both economic and political.
“Our cooperation in the field of culture and art has traditionally played a significant role in creating closer relations between the two countries and nations”, she added.
She highlighted that during the Austrian Presidency, the EU Council opened two very significant chapters - Chapter 17 (Economic and monetary policy) and Chapter 18 (Statistics).
“This is another message that the EU's door is open to Serbia, of course, through hard work on reforms that are the most important part of the road to the EU”, Rović stated, thanking the Austrian and EU governments for the support they provided to Serbia in the process of European integration.
She said that the photography exhibition Applied Nostalgia was an opportunity to show the citizens of Serbia and Austria that the two countries shared common European values and ideas, adding that the authors of the exhibition had invested great effort to make the exhibition worthy of the cities it has been dedicated to.
Ambassador Lutterotti stated that, during its EU Council presidency, Austria had given priority to and focused on providing support to the Western Balkans, especially Serbia, on its path to the EU. He said that there were many links between Vienna and Belgrade and that these bonds were not only cultural and historical, but also personal because, as he recalled, thousands of people living in Vienna originate from Serbia.
“As I was looking at the photographs, it was very difficult for me to distinguish which photographs came from which city and I had to look at the inscriptions under the photos in order to find out; this is additional proof of the deep and strong connections that exist between us, said the Ambassador, pointing out that Vienna and Belgrade were very beautiful cities.
He said that he was thrilled to be attending the opening of the Applied Nostalgia exhibition, which, he added, had been opened in Vienna a few weeks earlier.
Norčič Štamcar congratulated the Ministry of European Integration on a great idea involving the promotion of culture and European integration. She pointed out that in this manner Belgrade and Vienna had become even closer.
“This year in the EU has been one in which we celebrated cultural heritage, under the motto ‘linking past and future’. This is something we have witnessed here - we have seen the past, the future, and perceived that we should build the future on the foundations of the past”, she added.