‘The other Balkan’ in This is Badland

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by Steve Watson in July 2020
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Nina Vukelić and Rafaela Kaćunić are the founders and editors of This is Badland, the magazine that presents ‘The other Balkan’. The question of Balkan identity has been central to the entire project right from the start, but this fourth issue is themed ‘Are we home?’ presented as a question that allows them to dive deep into ideas around nationalism, nostalgia, power and politics. But of course they do all that along with brilliantly bizarre photo shoots, playful stories and amazingly characterful and disruptive typography.

It was lovely speaking with them so I hope you enjoy this episode, and I hope it helps to give some context on this strange but brilliant magazine about the Eastern fringes of Europe. If you’d like to hear more of our conversations with independent magazine makers check our archive on Soundcloud or iTunes or wherever else you get your podcasts, and of course if you follow us while you’re there we’ll be able to deliver our future episodes to you as soon as they’re ready.


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