THIS IS BADLAND is a new biannual magazine based out of Berlin that takes its Balkan roots as a starting point to mine cross-cultural connections and initiate new dialogues. Driven by a desire to veer away from any homogenous understanding of reality the magazine celebrates the complexity of our fragmentized sense of culture, giving voice to a new and inspiring generation of creative talents.
They have experienced both the collapse of old borders and the rise of new ones, in a time characterized by the proliferation of the World Wide Web. Influenced and inspired by these world-changing events, they have formed new identities that reach beyond Balkan’s geopolitical boarders. The magazine’s ambition is to explore these new identities and to provide a space where conflicting ideas, unexpected affinities and hybrid concepts can be accommodated.
The name THIS IS BADLAND comes with a dose of humor, irony and certain provocation that echoes the magazine’s ethos; deconstructing, renegotiating and reinventing social, cultural and geographical phenomena connected and inspired by the Balkans as a way of opening up new paths of contemporary perspectives.
Imbued by intellectually curious yet playful spirit THIS IS BADLAND combines critical essays and not-so-serious fashion, high-art and esoteric cultural myths and rituals, scholarly historical texts and daily observations, and much more, all revealed through core sections and a special focus for each issue.
Published in English language and distributed internationally.
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