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Walking as a Way of Knowing – Belgrade

This spring and summer, the WCSCD program is set to unveil a captivating series of events in Belgrade, offering unparalleled experiences that blend culture, history, and architecture.

From March onwards, we invite you to join the "Walking as a Way of Knowing – Belgrade", a series of walks within the city, which will be presented each season. These unique explorations are led by local artists, curators, and architects, designed through their own research interests, providing different pulses of Belgrade. 


While drafting these walks, we had in mind Donna Haraway's thinking that only a partial perspective promises an objective vision. (Haraway, Situated Knowledges) 


These walks are designed to showcase the multifaceted Belgrade, revealing its marginalized histories, and vibrant multicultural identity through the senses and insights. As Australian thinker Stephen Muecke argues that there is a need to study specific, local places in order to “put things more on the scale of everyday living.” [1]

Hence, our first season of walking together started in March, and it will continue until the end of June.

Each walk will have its own unique focus on the diverse and ever-changing city landscape and show how we can experience it through different senses. Visual artist and poet Dea Džanković will lead a walk that is deeply attuned to the city’s evolving environment, showing hidden gems of the city. Jelica Jovanović, an architect and a member of Grupa arhitekata, will take you through the topographic history of the Non-aligned movement, a platform for the countries, predominantly situated in the Global South, which refused to enter alliances with either of any major dominating blocs. And finally, freelance journalist and artist, Dunja Karanović will uncover some of the marginalized aspects of Belgrade’s recent history related  to feminist activists, their anti-war protests, calls for solidarity, and artistic interventions in urban spaces. 

All walks in May and June start on Saturdays at 4:00 pm. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your walk.

Pre-booking is required via email or instagram

Send us your full name and title of a walk

Please note that all group walks have limited capacity  

Price tickets: 1,760 dinars

We do not accept debit or credit cards

[1] Muecke, Benterrak and Roe, Reading the Country, 21.

1) May 11

Poetic Nostalgia with Dea Džanković

Language: English

Duration: 2 to 3 hours 

Walk starts at 4:00 pm

Meeting point: Kralja Petra 82 (corner of Kralja Petra and Cara Dušana street) 


It’s a walk through Belgrade that is deeply attuned to the city’s evolving landscape. As a passionate artist and observer, I grapple with the city’s swift gentrification and the relentless march of uninspiring modern architecture erasing its historical essence. While many of Belgrade’s iconic landmarks and streets succumb to change, scattered pockets of poetic nostalgia endure in secluded corners, passages and buildings. This tour will showcase these overlooked gems, weaving tales that capture the authentic heartbeat of old Belgrade amidst its transforming skyline.

Dea Džanković is an interdisciplinary artist based in Belgrade, Serbia. She holds a BA degree in Media and Arts production from the Academy of Arts in Belgrade (2014), and two MA degrees in Visual Arts, first being from Sabanci university in Istanbul (2016), and latter from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. As of 2022, she became a finalist of the Mangelos award and a member of the new media section of ULUS. 


​Her art practice spans various mediums, including performance, installation, photography, filmmaking, music, and text. Her artworks are inspired by the societal constructs, taboos, and boundaries of her environment, exploring the effects of social conditioning on the individual and collective psyche. 


​She aims to involve the viewer in a transformative experience, enabling them to engage with the artwork on a personal level by creating spaces for intervention, where one can expose, examine, and hopefully transcend the imposed conditioning.



2) May 18 

The Non-Aligned Movement with Jelica Jovanović

Language: English

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Walk starts at 4:00 pm

Meeting point: Obelisk of the Non-Aligned Countries near Branko Bridge


In September 1961 Belgrade was the host of the first summit of the "non-engaged countries" which would later become the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM): the platform for the countries, predominantly situated in the Global South, which refused to enter alliances with either of the two dominating blocs. There are many material landmarks all over Belgrade, commemorating the events and people of the Non-Alignment - some are more, some are less obvious. We will start our tour at the Obelisc near the Branko's bridge, which was built to commemorate the 1961 Belgrade conference, and continue towards New Belgrade, to explore some of the more intangible memories of the NAM in one of its founding places. From Obelisk we will continue towards New Belgrade, and observe the Sava Amphitheatre, which was once planned to be the Friendship Center of the Non Aligned Movement, and then when we cross onto the New Belgrade side we will continue our walk through the Ušće Park and towards the Friendship Park, a unique memorial park of Belgrade which is a living monument to the NAM diplomacy of the socialist Yugoslavia, where all the foreign high officials visiting the country would plant a tree.


Jelica Jovanović is an architect, architectural historian, heritage preservation professional and researcher. She is a PhD student at University of Technology in Vienna, working on thesis on preservation of mass housing of Yugoslavia, graduated from Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade with a revitalisation project of the Museum of Yugoslavia History. She is a founding member and president of the NGO Grupa arhitekata, within which she organizes summer schools and workshops revitalizing vernacular architecture in Serbia and works on architectural heritage and sustainability related research projects. She is a  founding member and former secretary of Docomomo Serbia, within which she works as the digitization coordinator and on documentation projects. She was coordinator of the project “Unfinished Modernisations: Between Utopia and Pragmatism” for Association of Belgrade Architects, coordinator of the regional platform “(In)appropiate Monuments”, curatorial assistant of the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA) for the exhibition “Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia 1948–1980”, coauthor of the platform “Arhiva modernizma”, coauthor of the research project and the book "Bogdan Bogdanović Biblioteka Beograd". 


3) May 25

Feminizing the city with Dunja Karanović

Language: English

Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Walk starts at 4:00 pm

Meeting point: Studentski Kulturni Centar, Kralja Milana 48


As Rebecca Solnit put it, names subtly perpetuate the gendering of a city. The 1990s conflicts in the ex-Yugoslav region have prompted a re-traditionalization of gender roles and spurred nationalism that has become increasingly evident in present-day cultural policies and public spaces. Street names, squares, and monuments reflect a revisionist, one-sided understanding of history that celebrates violence and oppression. The aim of this walk is to map out and uncover some of the marginalized aspects of Belgrade’s recent history – the names and actions of feminist activists, their anti-war protests, calls for solidarity, and artistic interventions in urban spaces. By naming, remembering, and walking in the footsteps of Žarana Papić, Borka Pavićević, Women in Black (Žene u crnom), and other women who shaped and imagined a more peaceful and inclusive Belgrade, we can start collectively creating an alternative map of the city.


Dunja Karanović is a visual artist and journalist based in Belgrade, Serbia. She holds an MA degree from the UNESCO Chair in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Arts in Belgrade and an MFA from the China Academy of Arts. In her practice, she explores ways of bridging cultural policy, theory, and practice through interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches that foster radical friendship and collective care. Her research is focused on mainstreaming care in cultural institutions and reimagining them as slower, softer, and more inclusive spaces. She is a regular contributor of Liceulice magazine. She is passionate about feminist art histories, embroidery, the small, and the marginal.



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