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Forlorn Hope
280 x 155 cm
xerox prints, tape collage
2010

An intervention at Gornji Grad (Upper Town), Zagreb
What is the future of Upper Town, the old city center of Zagreb, if its citizens aren’t able to finance the renovation according to the socially insensitive system of monument taxation? Is using radical methods one of the possible scenarios for the frustrated citizens lacking a solution? Tenants who can’t renovate their living spaces through methods prescribed by law set fires to them to get rid of the real estate which is expensive to maintain, but still keep the land where it was built. Are such radical methods a possible future for Upper Town? Those are the questions asked by the piece Forlorn hope through its interventions into the public space, inspired by many fires of Upper Town history.