The project derived for the exhibition Too Little to Late Hey Sisyphus, have we met?, organized within the international curatorial course What Could/Should Curating Do?, by the course participants/curators: Karen Vestergaard, Ruri Kawanami, Jovana Vasić, Sonja Vrkatić, Kirila Cvetkovska, Vera Zalutskaya, and Ivana Čavić. Starting from the notion of art world as “full of networking headaches, cliques, and strategies, in a society that profits from fear, anguish, and self-doubt”, they “occupied” kafana (tavern in Serbian) “Treći Raj” (Third Paradise), as disappearing place of open and honest exchange of thoughts and emotions.

We will take your all and put it on, I believe in your words is the spatial intervention, realized with the descriptions of every item displayed in the kafana “Treći Raj” in Belgrade. These descriptions are the statements of the taverns' owner Lidija Petković and her son Vladimir, given in the interview. The truthfulness of the provided data is not corrected. There is no intention of presenting historical facts. These statements reveal in which way their narratives (both visitors' and owners'), that reflect wishes, thoughts and political views are conducted and part of the big politics materialized in everyday items. Space and objects in it are shaped, by the shift of the politics.

KAFANA Treći Raj - Third Paradise

Belgrade, November 2018



The building was constructed in 1920 as a part of complex production units intended for wood processing, with exits on two parallel streets. After the end of the Second World War in 1945, the complex was nationalized and converted into residential buildings. From 1968 to 1982, the building was used as a shop for manufacturing the upper part of the shoes. In 1982 the building converted into kafana first named Hambino and from 2001 Treći raj (Third Paradise).

"This kafana is for neighborly, friendly gathering. As such, this kafana existed for 40 years, regardless of its struggles, bigger or minor." (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)

Guests of the kafana Treći raj were: Žarko Laušević (actor), Boris Milivojević (actor), Branislav Ciga Milenković (actor), Petar Kralj (actor), Zoran Radmilović (actor), Dragan Nikolić (actor), Ivan Šebalj (actor), Milenko Žumborski (poet), Aki Rahimovski (musician), Ratko Tankosić (actor), Branislav Ciga Jerinić (actor), Dušan Prelević (musician and writer), Jovan Maljokovič (musician), Nebojša Mitrić (sculptor), Petar Banićević (actor), Danilo Bugarski (journalist) and many others.


_installed between 1988 and 1990

Cyrillic letter H (Х) decorated the central surface of the mirror. It represented the symbol and the initial of the kafana’s previous name Hambino in the period between 1982 and 2001. Kafana was named after hamburgers that were served in the kafana. After Hambino stopped providing the food services in 2001, kafana changed the name into Treći raj (Third Paradise) and the letter H was erased.


The current ruling Serbian Progressive Party's calendar is a gift by a neighbor, Zoki, a former policeman who brought the calendar into kafana to promote the party. The calendar was left on the counter, because they didn’t have another to replace it with.


The work of art was made by Vladimir Savić. He was drunk when created it. Therefore it is expression of very intimate impulse. "Only I know what it represents. The burden that I carry. Hundred roads and none of them are right.“ (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)


_installed in 2017

The cork lamp shade was made by Vladimir in 2017. From the same material he crafted the details on the walls, in the purpose of framing the surfaces.


_the selection of the photographs was made by Vladimir, son of Lidija Petković, owner of the kafana Treci raj (Third Paradise)

"The photographs are hanged in order to remind us who we are, who our ancestors were, how they used to live, what Belgrade once was and what hog pen they created out of our beautiful city. … I realized that there are fewer and fewer people who hold on to their dignity. People are losing their identity in attempts to fit into the society, which after all they find repulsive, therefore they feel lost.” (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)

Photograph of the Bridge of King Alexander

The bridge was erected in 1934 over the Sava River. It was destroyed in 1941 during the Second World War. Branko's Bridge stands in its place today.

Photograph of the Ruzveltova Street

The photograph of Ruzveltova Street, formerly Novogrobljanska Street, was taken in 1919, after the First World War. Photograph depicts setting up the lampposts and telephone cables down the street.

Photograph of the shop in 1909

The photograph of Prištinska Street, today Cara Nikolaja II (Tsar Nikolai II) Street, depicts a tailor's shop that is today kafana Treći raj. The photograph was created in 1909, before the First World War, when the settlement of this part of the city began and the chain of shops was formed.

Photograph of the Vozarev Cross

The photograph of the Vozarev Cross, one of the first public monuments in Belgrade, was made in 1909, the same year when the photo of the kafana was taken. Photographed in the same year, these two photographs are placed near each other in order to emphasize the difference between the cobbled Prištinska Street and the field where the Vozarev Cross was erected, albeit only 500 meters divide them.

Photograph of Bajlonijeva pijaca

The market, Bajlonijeva pijaca, was photographed in 1919, when it was also a market for the trading of livestock.

Photograph of Djeram pijaca

The photograph from 1919 depicts a large number of customers at the Đeram Market.


The TV dates from 1989 and it wasn’t intentionally replaced with newer one, because this TV reminds guests of the time when they lived better. Lidija adds that most of the time guests listen to the music, thus there is no need for a newer one.


Friends of the kafana have sent the postcards and greetings from various places they visited, from Egypt, Greece, Paris, etc. Therefore this small board has a great sentimental value for Lidija and Vladimir.

"In the upper left corner is the caricature of President Vučić, who is unstoppably stumbling into progress. My mother and most of kafana’s guests consider this as an act of rebellion. It depicts the problem of our country, how we are surviving and how we fight for that bread with seven crusts.“ (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)


"The Prayer board with the photograph of comrade Josip Broz Tito and the badges portrays people who come to the kafana daily. They are born in sixties and fifties. They believed in that idea. The Prayer board represents the political views of most of the people who are guests of the kafana." (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)


The banknote of 10 dinars was the first tip that Lidija Petković received, after she became the owner of the kafana in 2016.


"A friend brought me several license plates. I have deliberately chosen California’s. I'll tell the joke. The murder happened somewhere in California. A black man found with forty gunshot wounds in some channel. The sheriff made on-site inspection, takes of his Yankees hat off and says: "This is the heaviest type of suicide I've ever seen in my life." Because of this, California. I would love to piss, to ease myself in California. This toilet is my base, as soon as I get into the toilet, I'm teleporting to California and start pissing there." (Vladimir Savić Vladica, 2018)


The sliding door was installed in 2001. Installation was done by the command and the instructions of the inspector in accordance with the new law, which order the separation of the area with the lavatory from the area of the toilet. The functionality of these sliding doors is useless, because if the user close the sliding doors there is no enough space above the sink to wash his hands. For this reason, another inspector proposes the construction of the additional restroom. Due to this obstacle, Hambino had to change its services.


Collages are the gifts from artist Aca Mitić, called Šama, who is a frequent guest of the kafana. Collages illustrate the forest in autumn, spring and winter and have only aesthetic value.


Collages are the gifts from artist Aca Mitić, called Šama, who is a frequent guest of the kafana. Collages illustrate the forest in autumn, spring and winter and have only aesthetic value.


Distribution board with fuses “na licnu” wasn’t replaced with newer one in order to remind of the time when guests of kafana lived better.


The wall is not decorated because Vladimir has every intention of making new art work.


Collages are the gifts from artist Aca Mitić, called Šama, who is a frequent guest of the kafana. Collages illustrate the forest in autumn, spring and winter and have only aesthetic value.


The umbrella was installed by Vladimir on the request of his mother, Lidija, who received it as a gift from the street cleaner. The umbrella serves as a lampshade, but it also covers the opening in the wall for the smokestack, because in this place the grill was positioned. It was removed when kafana made changes in the catering services.


The beam was set up by one of the former kafana’s workers in order to support the first ceiling joist, because while he was drunk, he thought the roof was falling.


The construction of karatavan, wooden joist between which the mixture of reed and mud was set аs thermal insulation, supports the roof since its construction in 1920.


After tavern Mlava, which is located near kafana Treći raj, was closed, the owner offered Lidija the purchase of the chairs from the tavern. She accepted the offer appreciatively.


The wall was erected in 1982 when the building was converted into a kafana Hambino, before hire stood the shop window of the shoemaker store. The store for this purpose has been leased since 1968. That year Mihajlo, the grandfather of Vladimir Savić, had initiated a lawsuit against the state, by which the building was denationalized, so he rented the building. The other tenants kept the protected subtenants’ rights and remain in the apartments for a symbolic monthly remuneration.