This work was created by Cirkuzanti, a collective consisting of Radmila und Nikola Trebovac.

“Torbalon” – торба (bag) and балон (water canister) – is both a bag and a reminder.

Zrenjanin is known for its long-standing issue of polluted drinking water, deemed unsafe since 2004 due to high levels of arsenic. Consequently, residents rely on purchased water, often in 5-liter plastic bottles.

Recognizing the indispensability of these plastic water containers in daily life, the concept of Torbalon emerged, incorporating them into socially engaged fashion. Crafted from repurposed plastic water containers, this bag embodies the principles of the circular economy, emphasizing the importance of repurposing and reusing materials.

Beyond its fashion appeal, Torbalon symbolizes the discontent surrounding the ongoing issue of polluted drinking water. Carried in public spaces, it serves as a constant reminder to those responsible, conveying a message of urgency and calling for action.

Additionally, The Watch complements the bag, featuring a water canister cap and displaying the hours passed since 2004 until 2022. This timepiece commemorates the 18-year water prohibition, highlighting that significant time in Zrenjanin is not defined by conventional hours but by the staggering count of 157,680 hours without access to clean water.

The displayed items were made with the assistance of Handmade Berkesel manufacture and Filip Nemet design.

︎︎︎ Cirkuzanti (Radmila and Nikola Trebovac)
︎︎︎ Berkesel
︎︎︎ Filip Nemet

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