Solo Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad

Mertle has been commissioned to produce new work for a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad in June 2011.

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  1. Dear Mertle aka Caroline Smith

    As a child born at St Alfege’s Hospital in Greenwich SE10 on the 18th March 1956, I grew up in Deptford Church Street SE8 on the the bomb sites left by the Blitz, which was the sustained bombing of Britain by Nazi Germany between 7 September 1940 and 10 May 1941, during the Second World War. The Blitz hit many towns and cities across the country, but it began with the bombing of London for 76 consecutive nights. By the end of May 1941, over 43,000 civilians, half of them in London, had been killed by bombing and more than a million houses were destroyed or damaged in London alone.

    After the war the bomb sites became rubbish dumps, and scrap metal yards, which for me became the playgrounds and local industry of my childhood.

    After qualifying as a Chartered Surveyor in 1984 I became involved at inception with changing the uninspired ‘Light Industrial Planning Briefs’ covering the scap metal yards on Deptford Power Station & Creekside, which were linked after the takeover of Deptford Town Hall by Greenwich Council, to the rest of the Greenwich Waterfront Development. My core strategy to bring back life to Deptford after our own personal Apocalyptic experience was to change the Planning Briefs to “HOUSING,HOUSING,HOUSING & A HOTEL”. After nearly 30 years much has been achieved in the REGENERATION of Deptford Power Station & Creekside. The Laban Centre has added it’s creative power to the original core strategy, Deptford Power Station aka Millennium Quay is now a mixture of private and affordable housing, local schools and playgrounds have been upgraded. Greenwich Reach is stalled, but ready to go on the Greenwich SE10 side of Deptford Creek.

    I almost cried when I checked out details of the 1999 NATO bombing of Novi Sad :

    March 24: NATO bombed a storehouse of the police center in the industrial zone, as well as the “Motins” factory.

    April 1: The old Varadin Bridge on the Danube was destroyed by NATO bombs.

    April 3: Liberty Bridge on the Danube was destroyed by NATO bombs. Seven civilians were injured. After the bridge was destroyed, the institute for cardio-vascular diseases in Sremska Kamenica lost its water supply.

    April 5: NATO bombed the oil refinery in the industrial zone, as well as Žeželj Bridge on the Danube, which was damaged.

    April 7: NATO bombed the oil refinery as well as the residential civilian quarter Vidovdansko Naselje where four civilians were injured and several houses damaged.

    April 11: NATO bombed the military object “Majevica” in Jugovićevo.

    April 13: NATO bombed the oil refinery.

    April 15: NATO bombed the oil refinery and the military object “Majevica” in Jugovićevo.

    April 18: NATO bombed the oil refinery which triggered a large fire and much smoke, which caused serious ecological damage. The building of the Government of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina in the city centre was also hit by NATO bombs.

    April 21: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Žeželj Bridge, as well as a bridge near Beška.

    April 22: NATO bombed Žeželj Bridge on the Danube.

    April 23: NATO bombed a TV transmitter in wider area of Novi Sad.

    April 24: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing fire and smoke. Fruška Gora was also bombed.

    April 26: NATO finally managed to destroy Žeželj Bridge, the last bridge on the Danube that the city had.

    April 27: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Fruška Gora.

    April 29: NATO bombed the oil refinery and Fruška Gora.

    May 1: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing large amounts of smoke that covered the city for several days. Fruška Gora was also bombed.

    May 2: NATO bombed the northern suburbs of Novi Sad causing the city to lose its water supply and electricity.

    May 3: NATO bombed the buildings of Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk as well as the northern suburbs of the city.

    May 6: NATO bombed the military object “Majevica” in Jugovićevo as well as the civilian residential quarter Detelinara damaging residential buildings and the elementary school “Svetozar Marković Toza”.

    May 7: NATO bombed Iriški Venac and Brankovac on Fruška Gora.

    May 8: NATO bombed the military object “Majevica” in Jugovićevo and Fruška Gora.

    May 13: NATO bombed the buildings of Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk. Its buildings were heavily damaged as well as neighbouring civilian residential houses. Fruška Gora was also bombed, as well as electric installations in Rimski Šančevi causing the city to lose electricity again.

    May 15: NATO bombed Brankovac on Fruška Gora.

    May 18: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.

    May 20: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.

    May 22: NATO bombed Fruška Gora including a TV tower on Iriški Venac.

    May 23: NATO bombed Fruška Gora and electric installations in Rimski Šančevi.

    May 24: NATO bombed the oil refinery causing smoke that again covered part of the city. Fruška Gora was also bombed.

    May 26: NATO bombed buildings of the Novi Sad Television in Mišeluk, as well as Dunavski Kej (Danube Quay) near the city centre. Paragovo, Iriški Venac on Fruška Gora and small barrack in Bukovac were also bombed.

    May 29: NATO bombed buildings of the Novi Sad Television as well as the civilian residential quarter Ribnjak where two civilians were badly injured.

    May 30: NATO bombed the civilian residential area in Sremska Kamenica near an ambulance where one child was badly injured and two civilian houses were destroyed. The civilian residential area Ribnjak was also bombed as well as buildings of the Novi Sad Television, a tunnel near the previously destroyed Liberty Bridge, a road near the entrance to Sremska Kamenica, part of Fruška Gora between Paragovo and Krušedol, and the northern vicinity of Novi Sad.

    May 31: NATO bombed electric installations in Rimski Šančevi causing the city to lose its water supply and electricity. Fruška Gora was also bombed.

    June 1: NATO bombed suburban settlements Čenej and Pejićevi Salaši, as well as Fruška Gora.

    June 2: NATO bombed Fruška Gora.

    June 4: NATO bombed Brankovac and Čot on Fruška Gora.

    June 8 and June 9: NATO bombed the oil refinery, one civilian was killed, while two civilians and one child were badly injured. The civilian residential quarter Šangaj was also bombed where one civilian, Milan Bajić (42 years old), was killed and several more civilians were injured, while several civilian houses were destroyed. Although, this was the bloodiest day of the bombing, it was also the last.

    Sad Deptford 1956 & Novi Sad 2011 are twinned in my heart. I look forward to reading details of Mertle’s Solo Show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Novi Sad June 2011

    Best regards

    Roy Hobson aka “Vesper”

    ROY HOBSON FRICES1990, FRICS1984,Grad Dipl QS

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