Event Details

Non-profit organization Art Exchange, in cooperation with the Serbian Orthodox Church WWI Centennial Commemoration Committee, invites you to a visual-literary exhibit "Тамо далеко: 1918-2018" / "Over There, So Far Away: 1918-2018” celebrating the centennial of the victory of Serbia and its Allies in WWI! The exhibit will be on display on Thursday, July 26, 2018 between 12:30 pm - 5 pm at the National Press Club First Amendment Room, 529 14th Street, Washington DC 20045 during the Academic Symposium that is organized by the Committee as part of a four-day program commemorating the historic flying of the Serbian Flag at the White House and President Woodrow Wilson’s Proclamation of the Day of Prayer for Serbia. For more information about the symposium and other events of the Centennial Commemoration with various registration options, please visit www.serbianchurch.org/wwi!

Created by Mr. Marinko Lugonja and Mr. Marko Kentera, this exhibit is presented to audiences in the U.S. by the Department of Christian Education of the Serbian Orthodox Church Diocese of Eastern America in cooperation with the non-profit organization Art Exchange. The textual portions of the exhibit are in the Serbian language. The viewers are able to access the English translation by scanning a QR code with their mobile devices. The exhibit is accompanied by a catalogue, a printed sample of the annual almanac and an Internet presentation.

This event is free and open to the public. Due to limited space, registration is required.

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Mr. Marinko Lugonja wrote the following commentary on the theme and aims of the exhibit:

“The theme of the exhibit is not necessarily the phenomenon of war. The theme is the Human Being, the Warrior, the Serb that fought the Great War and endured. The selected testimony, facts of interest, anecdotes, speeches, poems, quotes and photographs, have been arranged in an almanac titled Little Newspaper and enriched with a collage of authentic scenes from the Great War.

To the average viewer, the exhibit will evoke the spirit of those bygone times and most viewers will for the first time become acquainted with facts that are in many respects unique and unusual. The text presented is sourced from works such as ‘The Thorny Path of Serbia 1914-1918’ by the Association of the Bearers of the Medal awarded to commemorate the retreat of the Serbian Army through Albania, ‘The Thessaloniki Front Warriors Speak’ by Antonije Djurić, and ‘The War Album’ by Andre Popović, which represent the classic literature on the topic and the source of authentic testimony on this glorious and epic era.

The aim of the exhibit is to introduce the Serbian people and a wider international audience to the destiny of glorious Serbian ancestors and to preserve, in recognition of their sacrifice, the memory of the events that transpired and that are presented by the exhibit.

The exhibit does not have academic or scientific aspirations but strives to bring to life the spirit of a glorious era. The authors have carefully selected content which is capable of being retained, assimilated and passed on to others with ease. The content is based on the chronology of relevant events and the testimony of surviving warriors. In a specific and engaging manner, the exhibit stimulates the viewer to further explore the vast literary and artistic creations that have dealt with the themes of the Great War.”