Aesthetics of Longing – Tarkovsky on the Meaning of Art

tarkovsky.jpgThis photo was taken in a Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, which rarely hosts services due to the hostility of the neighbouring Albanian population. I really liked the way light enters through the small windows and falls on this and other chandeliers.

Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on the Meaning of Earthly Existence

solzentSolzhenitsyn is a writer of great relevance to our times because he lived in East (Soviet Union) and the West (America) and critically examined both. He nicely articulated the positive and negative aspects of both societies. This is especially important today when there is rising tension between the two.

Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on the Meaning of Earthly Existence

solz2Decani Monastery (14th Century) vespers. As a theatre director, I realised that all stage performances were fake and meaningless when compared to the Liturgy, which allows us to become a part of eternity and find meaning in this earthly existence.

Aesthetics of Longing – “One is always at home in one’s past…”

nabokovSerbian countryside and mountains are full of these old and beautiful houses and vernacular architecture. The doors and windows often look like eyes and give these houses a unique personality. Many of them have been forgotten by their owners or they no longer have any. Nature is slowly repossessing them.