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Exhibition sheds light on independence as seen from abroad

Ljubljana, 23 June - An exhibition entitled Impressions 30 is opening on Wednesday at noon at the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum (SEM). It will present personal memories of Slovenians around the world from 30 years ago, when Slovenia became independent, along with additional material published by Slovenians abroad.

The Slovenian Ethnographic Museum.
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
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The Slovenian Ethnographic Museum (SEM).
Photo: Daniel Novakovič/STA
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More than 60 reflections were gathered from a short questionnaire sent to various contacts, as individuals from Slovenian communities overseas, from the countries of the former Yugoslavia, Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australia and returnees all responded.

"With this global overview, the exhibition presents an extract from the world map of memories, feelings and events surrounding Slovenia's independence among Slovenians living around the world, and those who have returned to the independent country," reads the press release.

Individuals from different cultural, professional and social backgrounds spoke about this crucial and unique time, presenting their experiences of the independence process, the organisation of civic initiatives and their present-day attitude towards their homeland.

The exhibition will also feature material from the collection of the National and University Library (NUK), published by Slovenians around the world at the time of Slovenia's independence or afterwards as memorial literature.

The watershed moments related to Slovenia's independence are recorded in prose works, in verse, various documents and memorabilia. Selected examples are presented in the exhibition through the material provided by NUK and the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia.

The exhibition is organised by the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the National and University Library, the museum's website reads.

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