Azra Akšamija – Skalamerija

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Azra Akšamija – Tržnica Arizona, 2009.

Skalamerija (2009.) je projekt Azre Akšamije, sarajevske umjetnice i povjesničarke arhitekture. Njezini projekti bave se istraživanjem moći umjetnosti i arhitekture da olakša proces pretvorbenog posredovanja sukoba kroz kulturnu pedagogiju te tako pružaju okvir za analiziranje i zadiranje u osporene društveno-političke realitete. Skalamerija je naprava kojoj je cilj deformalizirati sadašnji iznimno uređeni prostorni raspored tržnice Arizona, koji je doveo do tržišne recesije. Tržnica Arizona pojavila se devedesetih godina u kantonu Brčko na sjeveru BiH. Otkako je regulirana 2002. godine, trgovina i urbani razvoj tržnice Arizona su u padu, a upitan je i njezin opstanak. Iako trenutno ne postoje planovi održivog razvoja, budućnost tržnice Arizona i njezina konačna preobrazba u mjesto trgovine i stanovanja ovisit će o smanjenju fokusa na jeftinu uvoznu robu u korist alternativnih ekonomskih programa. Skalamerija koristi lokalno dostupne materijale, izvore i vještine kako bi pokrenula proizvodnju domaćih i lokalnih prehrambenih proizvoda i rukotvorina. Naprava je, dakle, infrastruktura za kuhanje, roštiljanje, dimljeno meso, pečenu janjetinu, šivanje, glačanje i tkanje sagova.

Project examine the Arizona Market, which used to be one of the largest black markets in the Balkans. The market got its name from the socalled “Arizona Road“, the military term given to Bosnia-Herzegovina’s main north-south transit route.
Emerging in 1996 in an unstable border-zone, the Arizona Market developed alongside the highway
“Arizona Road“ at an unbelievable rate. It flourished so rapidly because it was the only regional
shopping and service center at the time, and because no one was paying taxes. At its peak state of
development in 2001, the market consisted of 2 200 businesses, sixty-five cafes, and seven
nightclubs. It was situated about fifteen kilometers southwest of the border-town of Brčko. 30 000
people made a living from it and its daily turnover was estimated at 0.5 million Euros, which doubled
on weekends. Smuggled articles, copies of designer brands, women – everything could be bought and paid for in any currency.

Skalamerija (2009) is a follow up project of the Arizona Road project (2002). Skalamerija is a
contraption aimed at a de-formalizing the Arizona Market’s current highly regulated spatial order,
which has led to the market’s recession. Ever since its regulation in 2002, the trade and urban
development of the Arizona Market has been decreasing, thus threatening it very existence in the
future. While no sustainable development is planned at this point, the future of the Arizona Market and its eventual transformation into a place of both trade and living will depend on its becoming less
oriented on sales of cheap imported goods in favor of alternative economic programs. Skalamerija
capitalizes on locally available materials, resources and skills in order to initiate production of homemade and locally specific food and handicraft products. The contraption thus provides infrastructure for cooking, barbecuing, smoking meat, roasting lamb, sewing, ironing, and carpet weaving.

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Azra Akšamija – Skalamerija, 2009.

Photo by Robert Sošić


eulogo  “With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union”

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