To be MINDfull

To be MINDfull, if we are at all able and if we at all can be:

Do I need to hear about what means to be Serbian from Serbians who are shaming Serbia all the time? For me, being Serbian, means: at all times representing  this country in a way that no educated, honorable and fair ancestor and descendant of mine are ashamed or humiliated. At the same time, for me, being Serbian, means – to respect myself and my own, while respecting everyone else and everyone’s right to be different. For me, being Serbian, means – understanding and admitting mistakes that were done by us or by those who bare the same name, because mistakes are made by everyone who works, and at every (opposing) side, if taking sides is at all necessary.

Do I need to hear about faith from someone who deals with slander, who twists the truth and who sow the seeds of hatred? To believe I do not need either a building nor a mediator – buildings I love by a professional vocation; mediators – only few who are truthful I truly respect, and they are rare. Although I never say that loud, I am a believer, and my faith is pure and bright. But, my faith is only mine and it respects and acknowledges all other faiths.

Do I need to hear about law violation and disrespect of the constitution of this country when its being narrated by hypocrites? All those who twist the laws and constitution as to suit their needs, are the same ones who behind everyone’s back commit terrible and dishonest crimes. And those who take credit from everything we do when it suits them, and who crucify us when they need a sinner and when the moment is ripe. That wont work gentlemen. And you do not need to go as far as to renounce me, as I have already renounced YOU.

To call my name for Kosovo, you, whose big battles are fought on social network? I love Kosovo, but I cannot save it. What I can do is to try and save the earthen houses in Kosovo. If my sin is my failed attempt to cooperate with a Ministry of Culture of Kosovo, as to provide needed training to save our common heritage, then I shall proudly and publicly embrace my sin! When you manage to do something for Kosovo you claim you love, then maybe we would be able to understand each others.

Who are you to question my right to Justice? Even if my legal rights might be taken – I still have two more : the one from the end of my path, and its the right which awaits all of us: and the other one – the cosmic one, and which no one can harm, and which directs and places all in perfect order. In the way it always does, when the moment is right. One needs to be patient, stay healthy and await for the one that comes first. I know this by heart and have no doubts.

Who are you to deny me the right to hold LALA festival? Festival which was created to answer the pleads of YOUR children who wished us to build them house from earth? Driven by children’s pleads we wanted to give them much more, we wanted to give them something to be proud of and something that all next generations would benefit from. Will you be ashamed when they ask you WHY did you take their right away? You have taken Festival away from them, but you would not take it from us – you wont – because we are many, and we have been preparing it all this time, and we gave it all our care and love!

To conclude: I am not the (only) guest here – we all are guests who borrowed a small piece of this earth, and small piece of the sky from our children! Who gives us the right to take the ownership, when anyways, only the earth is eternal, while, whoever we are, to that same earth we would return?

HASTA SIEMPRE!

the reason behind writing this post is here, thank you Lejla for this translation!

KFZ STATEMENT about the situation regarding the LALA festival

Dear friends and colleagus,
I am addressing you in front of “Klub finih zanata” from Mošorin (Serbia), the association which has been dealing with the renovation of earthen houses and training and education in the field of earth architecture for past ten years. Last year, our association hosted the first Balkan Earth Conference, as well as the third traveling Regio Earth Festival, which brought together over 50 professors, architects and artists and more than 100 participants from 32 countries. This year, at the initiative of children from the local kindergarten, we planned the LALA festival, which, in addition to workshops for children and adults, also has a large number of events open to the general public. After the situation we all survived in the previous months, we thought that the festival should be held and bring joy and a sense of community to all who participate in it, respecting all the prescribed measures of protection and distance.

Unfortunately, from last week, a Facebook user publishes very offensive untruths and allusions at the expense of the festival we organize, completely executing everything that is written, inventing the arrival of women who are not invited, creating discord and intolerance in the community, and damaging the reputation of our association and our values.

After the initial shock and disbelief and countless consultations at all levels, the competent authorities were informed about the publications of the mentioned page. Appropriate proceedings will be initiated against the person behind the page, as well as all individuals who call for inappropriate activities. Apart from the police and the church, institutions dealing with the protection of human rights and protectors of citizens, all state and public institutions that have supported our association in recent years, the academic community in Serbia, but also all educational and professional institutions with with whom we collaborated abroad will be informed.

In the end, I would like to address you as a woman who is not alone and who is supported by family, colleagues from the associations and the profession, friends, trainers, and above all – brave and dignified women from Mošorin and Titel!

Because of all those women before us who fought to be here where we are, and where we are not free today; for all those women who think they are alone (and they are not) and for myself and my dignity, I say that I do not give up and that the festival will be held!

With love and respect,

Dragana Kojičić

MUD woman, mother, architect & PhD student of stage design, from today – declared feminist and proud president of KFZ.

and why me (and we) are accused, you can find here.

IZJAVA KFZ-a povodom situacije u vezi sa LALA festivalom

Obraćam se ispred udruženja „Klub finih zanata“ iz Mošorina koje se već deset godina bavi obnovom kuća od zemlje i obukom i edukacijom na polju zemljane arhitekture. Prošle godine naše udruženje bilo je domaćin prve Balkan Earth konferencije, kao i trećeg putujućeg Regio Earth festivala, koji su okupili preko 50 univerzitetskih profesora, arhitekata i umetnika i više od 100 učesnika iz 32 zemlje sveta. Ove godine, na inicijativu dece iz lokalnog zabavišta, osmislili smo LALA festival, koji, osim radionica za decu i odrasle, ima i veliki broj događaja otvorenih za opštu javnost.

Nakon situacije koju smo svi preživeli prethodnih meseci, smatrali smo da festival treba da bude održan i da donese radost i osećaj zajedništva svima koji u njemu učestvuju, poštujući sve propisane mere zaštite i distance.

Nažalost, od pre četiri dana, Facebook korisnik koji se predstavlja kao „Задужбине Мошорин цивилни сектор“ (ili sa promenjenim imenima: “НВО цивилни сектор“, “Ђорђе Шорошевић НВО” – evo i linka, jer ga stalno menjaju; kao i u FB grupi Mošorin / ako sve obrišu, ovde se može pogledati) objavljuje veoma uvredljive neistine i aluzije na račun festivala koji organizujemo, potpuno izvrćući sve što je napisano, izmišljajući dolazak žena koje nisu pozvane, stvarajući razdor i netrpeljivost u zajednici, a narušavajući kako ugled našeg udruženja, tako i ugled zadužbine iza čijeg imena se krije.

Nakon prvobitnog šoka i neverice i bezbrojnih konsultacija na svim nivoima, o objavama pomenute stranice obavešteni su nadležni organi. Protiv onoga ko stoji iza stranice, kao i svih pojedinaca koji pozivaju na neprimerene aktivnosti, pokrenuti su odgovarajući postupci. O iznošenju ovih uvreda obaveštene su, osim policije i crkve, institucije koje se bave zaštitom ljudskih prava i zaštitnici građana, sve državne i javne institucije koje su podržale naše udruženje proteklih godina, akademska zajednica u zemlji Srbiji, ali i sve obrazovne i strukovne institucije sa kojima smo sarađivali van zemlje.

Za kraj bih se obratila kao žena koja nije sama i koju su podržali porodica, kolege iz udruženja i struke, prijatelji, treneri a iznad svega – hrabre i dostojanstvene žene mošorinske i titelske!

Zbog svih onih žena pre nas koje su se borile da budemo ovde gde smo, a gde i danas nismo slobodne; zbog svih onih žena koje misle da su same (a nisu) i zbog sebe i svog dostojanstva, poručujem da ne odustajem(o) i da će festival biti održan, 25-28.juna u sedištu Kluba finih zanata u Mošorinu.

S ljubavlju i poštovanjem,

Dragana Kojičić

žena od zemlje, majka, arhitektkinja & doktorantkinja scenskog dizajna, od danas deklarisana feministkinja i ponosna predsednica KFZ-a

odgovor na optužbe nalazi se na ovde, a stvarni program festivala je ovde.