The Caravan Project visited Bitola in order to conduct its audiovisual documentation for the ECHO project. Caravan Project functions as the external eye and the extra artist that approaches Balkan Dark Cultural Heritage.
The Dark Vein film is a travelogue that starts from the city of Bitola (or Monastir in North Macedonia) and the graveyards situated around it; it continues in different villages of Pelagonia that have suffered the woes of war and displacement. Then it follows the lignite arc, the landscape transformation, the villages that were eradicated due to the mining process. Finally, it visits Novi Sad and the Danube river. The content of the film, that consists of graveyard scenes, gaunt human presence, images of nature, abandoned villages and elliptical soundscapes, reveals a muzzled place that resides on the margin, in the dark, as it either is connected to dark pages of History, or is consciously sidelined due to a society bound to the chariot of “constant progress”, systematically degrading the environment around it.