Book Launch
“Skopje Walkie Talkie”, edited by Susanne Hefti & Damjan Kokalevski

Organizer: gta Exhibitions
Date: Thursday, 17 October 2019 to Thursday, 17 October 2019
Time: 19.00
Location: ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL Foyer

Book Launch
“Skopje Walkie Talkie”, edited by Susanne Hefti & Damjan Kokalevski

Thursday, 17 October 2019, 7 pm
ETH Zurich, Hönggerberg, HIL Foyer
Including: Music, Food, Drinks

Introduction by:
Susanne Hefti & Damjan Kokalevski
Philip Ursprung, professor at gta, ETH Zurich

Skopje Walkie Talkie focuses on how public spaces are being transformed to legitimize and reinforce populist, nationalist power structures. Using the North Macedonian capital of Skopje as an example, it points out how the newly created, extravagant identity for the city centre has made an impact – as numerous new buildings have sprung up between 2008 and 2018 at an estimated cost of approximately 680 million euros. But the architectural expertise from the 1960s and 70s, gained after a disastrous earthquake thanks to a large reconstruction project led by the UN, has been obscured, neglected or even destroyed. This book is an artistic, political exploration of the urban space. It is the result of long-term collaboration between Susanne Hefti and Damjan Kokalevski.

Photographs: Susanne Hefti
Essays: Damjan Kokalevski, Suzana Milevska
Dérive in Skopje: Milan Dinevski, Susanne Hefti, Damjan Kokalevski, Ivana Kostovska and Philip Ursprung
Publisher: Spector Books
Graphic Design: Hammer, Sereina Rothenberger & David Schatz
Realized with the generous support of: Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung, Kulturstiftung des Kantons Thurgau, Grenzgänger Program, Ernst und Olga Gubler-Hablützel Stiftung, Stiftung Erna und Curt Burgauer