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Last friday I’ve been commisioned by The New York Times for illustration for their Op/Ed page. The article I had to illustrate, was about Bosnian refuge who escaped the Balkan wars and settled down in New York where he visited Yugoslavian themed bar where old resentments between ex-Yugoslavian nations flamed again. The bar was called Marshall bar which relates to deceased president of Yugoslavia, Marshall Tito. I thought a little about the symbols that are common for all ex-Yu countries nevertheless how different they are from each other. In story statue of Tito had a tiny role and it’s such a powerful symbol that it felt right to put in the final illo. Also moonshine is traditional drink in all countries on ex-Yu territorty, altough each country has different name for it.
So there you have it, final piece is Tito with three different bottles, each with national symbols of three biggest countries that participated in Balkan wars.
It was really great working with art director Matthew Dorfman. Read the story here.