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Serbia/Kosovo Psychiatric Ward Photo Essay: George Georgiou


Between 1999 and 2002, photojournalist George Georgiou, traveled to Serbia to document their psychiatric hospitals. Courtesy of Cvlt Nation, these are some of the most harrowing images I’ve recently come across.

According to Georgiou’s website:

Between 1999 and 2002, I visited three psychiatric institutions while living and working in Kosova and Serbia on a long term project, Between The Lines, on the aftermath of the NATO conflict with Serbia. The work from the institutions, a story on it’s own, is also an integral part of this bigger narrative of conflict, division, difference and exclusion.

Having spent four years teaching a photography class to people with psychiatric disorders in London prior to this, psychiatric institutions and patients were not alien to me and I was aware of the fluctuating behavioural patterns. What I found in Kosova and Serbia was a far cry form contemporary practice in London.

When I first visited the institutions they were hidden from the gaze of the general public and came as a shock to Serbs when they were exposed.

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Masked Serbian schoolchildren, armed with plastic pistol, steal grade book

Ski Mask Kid (CC BY 2.0)

NOT one of the Serbian students. Ski Mask Kid (CC BY 2.0)

Two Serbian 7th graders stormed a classroom armed with a plastic pistol and knife to steal a grade book.

via Reuters:

Police in Serbia have arrested two schoolboys they accuse of having stormed a Belgrade classroom masked and armed with a plastic pistol and making off with their teacher’s grade book.

Police said in a statement on Wednesday they had apprehended two unidentified Grade 7 pupils and seized a replica handgun, a knife, a balaclava cap and pair of sunglasses after the incident on Tuesday during school hours in the Belgrade suburb of Kotez.

School crime and violence have soared in Serbia since the war years of the 1990s when societies across old socialist Yugoslavia frayed under the pressure of gangsterism, corruption and nationalism.

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Serbian Man Has Lived Inside Grave For 15 Years

Is the world of the living really any better than the world of the dead? The Daily Mail writes:

A homeless man has told how he began sleeping with the dead when he moved into a cemetery 15 years ago. Bratislav Stojanovic, 43, has shared the burial plot with the ashes of a a family who died out more than 100 years ago in Nis, Serbia. The family who owned the tomb is unknown as the names have eroded from the gravestone.

Mr. Stojanovic, who has never had a regular job, lost his home in town after running up debts. He moved into the grave and now spends his time foraging in the out-of-use cemetery for candles.

Mr. Stojanovic said that living with the dead isn’t as scary as some might think: “I was afraid in the beginning, but I got used to it in time. Now I am more afraid of the living than of the dead.”

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Doomsdayers Flock To Serbian Mountain Believed To Contain Alien Pyramid

There seems to be a good old fashioned mystic mountain battle brewing between Mount Rtanj and France’s Pic de Bugarach. The Telegraph reports:

Hotel owners around the pyramid-shaped Mount Rtanj, a supposedly mystical mountain in the east of the Balkan country, say that bookings are flooding in, with believers who are convinced that the end of a Mayan calendar heralds the destruction of the world hoping that its purported mysterious powers will save them from the apocalypse.

Adherents of the end-of-the-world scenario think the 5,100ft-high mountain, part of the Carpathian range, conceals a pyramidal building inside, left behind by alien visitors thousands of years ago. Arthur C Clarke, the British science fiction writer, reportedly identified the peak as a place of “special energy” and called it “the navel of the world”.

“In one day we had 500 people trying to book rooms. People want to bring their whole families,” said Obrad Blecic, a hotel manager.

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Bloodsucking Vampire On The Loose In Serbia

Villagers in Serbia are terrified of the alleged return of Sava Savonovic, the local vampire, reports Dusan Stojanovic for AP:
Get your garlic, crosses and stakes ready: a bloodsucking vampire is on the loose. Or so say villagers in the tiny western Serbian hamlet of Zarozje, nestled between lush green mountain slopes and spooky thick forests. They say rumors that a legendary vampire ghost has awakened are spreading fear - and a potential tourist opportunity - through the remote village. A local council warned villagers to put garlic in their pockets and place wooden crosses in their rooms to ward off vampires, although it appeared designed more to attract visitors to the impoverished region bordering Bosnia. Many of the villagers are aware that Sava Savanovic, Serbia's most famous vampire, is...
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Serbian Parents Claim Their 7-Year-Old Boy Is Magnetic (Video)

BogdanBenjamin Radford writes in Discovery News:
A 7-year-old Serbian boy named Bogdan is making international news for an apparently paranormal (though not terribly useful) ability. According to several sources including MSNBC and The Daily Mail, Bogdan is magnetic. Household objects such as spoons, knives and forks cling to his skin with almost supernatural ease. The idea that a person could generate a strong magnetic field is bizarre, but what’s even stranger is that other things stick to him too, such as small plates, small flat glass objects and even a remote control. Bogdan is only the latest in a long line of people who have claimed this ability. Yet there is no evidence that Bogdan, or anyone else, is “magnetic.”
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