Fluid identities are marked by the historically multicultural area of Istria. A special example of such a phenomenon is represented by the three towns of the “Slovenian Coast”, which – after the Second World War, and especially after the annexation of Istria to Yugoslavia in 1954 – underwent major demographic changes, both political and social. These changes were mirrored onto the built environment which was shaped by architect Edo Mihevc and many others before him. On a walk following in the footsteps of post-war Koper, we will discover which buildings, squares, or just hidden streets speak of a time of tectonic shifts of the post-war years.
Assist. Prof. Neža Čebron Lipovec, PhD (1980) graduated in Art History and Italian Language and Literature in 2004, at the Faculty of Arts (University of Ljubljana. After a period as teacher of Italian language at Language Schools, she enrolled in the »Master after Master« study in Conservation of Monuments and Sites at the oldest international school for heritage conservation, the Raymond Lemaire International Centre for Conservation (RLICC), at the Catholic University in Leuven (Belgium). In 2007 she completed her master studies with a research on modernist architecture in historic city centres, analysing the architecture of Edo Mihevc in Koper (Slovenia) as case-study. She obtained her PhD in History of Europe and the Mediterranean in 2018 at the Faculty of Humanities, University of Primorska (Slovenia) with an interdisciplinary thesis of the post-war building of Slovenian coastal towns, where she focused on the role of regionalism and traditionalism in architecture, in relation to built heritage in contested spaces.
In the years 2006-2008 she worked at the RLICC in Belgium as researcher and teaching assistant, within a establishing UNESCO chair PRECOMOS on preventive conservation and maintenance of built heritage. Within the work at RLICC she participated at different international projects around the world (Ethiopia, Egypt, India). Since 2009 she has been a pedagogical and research associate at the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Primorska, where she works within the Department and the Institute of Archeology and Heritage. She is a lecturer for various subjects related to architectural history, conservation and heritage management at all three levels of study. She has participated in numerous international projects (especially Interreg and Creative Europe) and national scientific research projects dedicated to the architectural and urban development of Istrian towns, heritage management and interpretation, as well as to heritage discourse and related anthropological methods. She has published several scientific articles and independent monographs on these topics (Edo Mihevc 2011; Koper – urban genesis 2020), both at home and abroad. She is a member of the executive board of ICOMOS Slovenia and the International Association for Critical Heritage Studies.
During the tour the group discovered the architectural, historical and social story of Fužine. The group learned about the origins and short history of Fužine before construction, Fužine as an example of an ideal “communist” neighbourhood – urban planning, “Yugoslavia in miniature” – multiculturalism and assimilation, the group looked at graffiti art, and end the tour with the transformation of Fužine from ghetto to neighbourhood with high real estate prices.
The House of Knud Rasmussen, Identity on The Line, The Greenlandic House in Copenhagen, and the Greenlandic Representation worked together on this guided tour with 2 activities.
Guided tour with Lars Lerche, MA and Head of Exhibitions and Events at The Greenlandic House in Copenhagen.
First, a guided city walk from The Greenlandic House in Copenhagen, through the city, that ended in front of the Greenlandic Representation. On the city walk our guide Lars Lerche, MA and Head of Exhibition and Events at The Greenlandic House in Copenhagen, focused on a street art project called Landic Project. Since 2015, an unknown artist has hung up Greenlandic mosaics in Copenhagen. Today, about 70 mosaics can be found in Copenhagen, but a handful can also be found in the city of Odense and now in two cities in Greenland: Ilulissat and Nuuk. The artist is anonymous but a video has been sent to The Greenlandic House in Copenhagen with the title ‘Landic I’ and can be seen on their website. Landic Project works with topics such as Greenland and Denmark, the Kingdom of Denmark, and its postcolonial structures.
After the Citywalk, we visited the Greenlandic Representation, where Jens Heinrich, PhD and Head of Representation, and his team told us about their role as representation in Denmark.
The task of the Greenland Representation is to provide services to the Nalaakkersuisut, Inatsisartut, the central administration, the Self-Government companies, and the municipalities, and including to handle the tasks that it is most appropriate to solve in or from Denmark.
Contact to the Greenlandic House in Copenhagen can be found here: https://www.sumut.dk/
Contact to the Greenlandic Representation can be found here: https://grl-rep.dk/en/rep/
Follow Landic Project on Instagram: @landicproject and read about it and see the video on the Greenlandic House in Copenhagen’s website: https://www.sumut.dk/da/kultur/mosaikmysteriet/