Our friend Sergej Vutuc from Croatia is not only an amazing photographer but he is also one heck of an awesome self-publisher and zine maker. Putting incredible thought, care and effort into his own works, Sergej has mastered the art of capturing awesome underground skaters from around the world and creating a whole new world of his own within the pages of his ethereal, bizarre and haunting self-made books and zines.
The book featured here is one of few remaining copies from a limited run of only 400 pieces. Self-published, 48 pages and 20×28 cm in size.
It's difficult to describe Sergej's work, but it is VERY stylized and the result of painstaking work beyond just the photography. With a series of treatments, photocopy processes and some cryptic hand-etched messages, Sergej creates a very unique and bizarre world with his published artifacts.
The story behind this publication goes as follows:
"On April 29, 1986, instruments recorded high levels of radiation in Poland, Germany, Austria, and Rumania. On April 30, in Switzerland and northern Italy. On May 1 and 2, in France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and northern Greece. On May 3, in Isreal, Kuwait, and Turkey... Gaseous airborne particles travels around the globe; on May 2 they were registered in Japan, on May 5 in India, on May 5 and 6 in the USA and Canada. It took less then a week for Chernobyl to become a problem for the entire world." - "The Consequences of the Chernobyl Accident in Belarus"
Čista zona (eng. clean zone) is a story about edge of Europe, field of global economical conflicts. the nations and their boarders, science and meaning of to be or to have... incl. skaters Valeri Rosomako, Igor Fardin, Tjark Thielker
I have to confess that it has taken me some time to find how to open Čista Zona, but once you've opened it, you dive in a complete "Twilight zone". I also have in mind "Stalker". You drive us in the zone, trying to comply with fear... Each double page is so beautiful that they would deserved a frame. And the texture of the cover is very interesting. We are used to very smooth cover and the roughness of yours creates a strong attraction. We want to know what's inside, what means this textured cover... Christer Ek - photographer, book collector, blogger
The materials used (film, paper) are as rough, tough and tangible as not just said war, but also as the both physical and cultural limitations really trapping the represented individuals within one specific dimension of reality complete with haunting urban references (and just as many incitations) to consumerism. The textures are as rigid as those of the constructions being reclaimed through the skateboarding, and each page makes for a stand for the right to fresh air.
These books are a beautiful testament to the love and care of self-publishing and the underground art scene w/in the global skateboarder network. These books are quite limited so please snatch up your copy soon!