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Recent Anniversary and Death Highlights Continued Struggle of “The Erased”

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 25,000+ non-ethnic Slovenian residents were left without legal status after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Over two decades later, the community is still fighting for documentation. These stories are about the Erased and the places they live.  —- February 26th, 2014 marked…

Slovenia’s Winter Carnivale Draws a Woolly, Colorful Crowd

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 25,000+ non-ethnic Slovenian residents were left without legal status after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Over two decades later, the community is still fighting for documentation. These stories are about the Erased and the places they live.  —- February in Slovenia is…

Self-made Man Transcends Human Rights Injustice Through His Unbridled Creativity

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia-  25,671 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Over two decades later, the community is still fighting for documentation. These stories are about the Erased and the places they live.  —- On the way to…

Festive Slovenia Welcomes the Holidays with Mulled Wine

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Over two decades later, the community is still fighting for documentation. These stories are about the Erased and the places they live.  —- Expedition Journal: Izbrisani…

Finding Parallels Between Two Newly Independent Countries

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991.  A decade later, the community is still fighting for documentation. These stories are about the Erased and the places they live.  —- Expedition Journal: Izbrisani I…

This Rap Song Turned Something Tragic Into Something Artistic

This is the first ever rap song written in English about the Erased- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991.

Slovenian Farmers Take Back Dairy Distribution Through Vending Machines

Slovenians have some creative vending machines, like one that dispenses tooth brushes or another that spits out personalized pizzas, but by far the most successful are the mlekomats!

These Lonely Mountains Saw the Rise of Napoleon and the Fall of the Axis Powers

Triglav National Park, deep in the Julian Alps boasts beautiful landscapes and a rich military history. Near the Italian and Austrian borders, mountain climbers can still find WWI relics, but the rocky region has seen battles for thousands of years

Slovenia’s Roaring Answer to the Economic Crisis

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Without legal documentation, these people could not legally travel, own property, obtain medical care, vote, marry, attend school or work without a visa. A decade later, the…

Overcoming Adversity with Humor & Traditional Balkan Gusle Music

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Without legal documentation, these people could not legally travel, own property, obtain medical care, vote, marry, attend school or work without a visa. A decade later, the…

Roman Ruins in Modern Slovenia

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the Erased of Slovenia- 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Without legal documentation, these people could not legally travel, own property, obtain medical care, vote, marry, attend school or work without a visa. A decade later, the…

Former Yugoslav Barrack Gets New Life as an Art Space and Anarchist Squat

National Geographic grantee Riley Arthur is documenting the ‘Erased of Slovenia’ – 200,000 non-ethnic Slovenian residents who were not automatically granted citizenship after the country split from Yugoslavia in 1991. Her journey led her to an artist colony where she began her search for this community.