Unnation. A Conversation

Unnation is a 17th century term that hasn't been in use for over a hundred years. However, its meaning is crucial for understanding the depth of contemporary social and political turmoil, especially the recent 'migrant crises' in Europe. Ivan Grubanov, a painter and philosopher, with the aid of a political scientist, Peter Vermeersch, embarks on seeking new references for an ancient term that incorporates two of his own troubling experiences: the civil war in his native former Yugoslavia and more recently a few years spent there with illegal migrants on their passage to Europe. Grubanov defines the migrants as being unnationed and establishes his definition through a network of vivid descriptions of encounters with them, but also through philosophical speculation and his own paintings. Grubanov seeks for more than to re-establish an ancient term, he seeks for the ways of painterly practice to be the method of defining social phenomena.


Editor: Peter Vermeersch
Authors: Ivan Grubanov, Peter Vermeersch
Artists: Ivan Grubanov


Design by Zeljko Rajacic / Studio Arhe
24,2 x 30,4 cm
128 pages 
56 color and b/w ills. 
ISBN 978-3-86828-756-1 
Euro 39,90 


€ 39,95

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