Architecture Burns

written by Ante Nikša Bilić


Every year in December, on St. Nicholas Day, the people of Komiža from the island of Vis burn a boat called falkuša (a traditional fishing boat) as a sacrifice to honour their patron saint. The tradition of burning the falkuša in this, once a fishermen’s town, has been cherished for centuries. The act of burning is a symbol of light and sacrifice. We can take this ancient tradition, the burning down of the basic tool for work – the falkuša boat – and use it in the current moment. Creating something under current conditions is a sacrifice in itself. Our sacrifice to the liberal capitalism is purified of any symbolic meaning.