Author of an unusual book, Biserka Ilijašev, who has been emotionally and professionally in urban development for four decades writes: "Every day I walk the streets of Kikinda. Every time I walk through them, I find something new. Often I stop in front of the house entrances, gates and ajnforts... "In the multitude of signs with certain meanings, entrance doors send the the initial message and give evidence about the host. It means that these "architectural gems of Kikinda" tell us a story about the city and its citizens, investors' taste, the builders knowledge, skills of masters - craftsmen, taking example from "Europe" or the capital.
Author has an important merit of a civilized man. She has an "observation habit". The book of "gems of Kikinda", which I truly recommend for printing, is made so that it renews «the culture of observation». The photographed, drawn and recommended examples are really interesting. Undoubtedly, they are a testimony of their time, skillfully selected. I am especially impressed with the «working sketches». They show that exhibits in unique gallery should be looked at with dedication and great attention to detail. Indeed, my colleague Ilijašev, wholeheartedly, with knowledge, assembled a unique "time machine" travelling through the history of the city. She directs the attention to «gems» such as decorative fragments carved in wood, glass, iron and brass. She made those gems unforgettable, almost in their last days.
Bela Duranci, Art Historian, Subotica
Holding the manuscript of a valuable book about architectural gems of Kikinda, which the author modestly calls a record of one time, I’m trying to resolve a dilemma - whether the city is fortunate to have an architectural heritage, preserved at such a significant extent in it, or is it even more fortunate that Biserka Ilijašev devoted her life, work and love to it, each word sketch, drawing, photograph, quote absorbing... Education, experience and knowledge, curiousity, confident hand, which easily draws the most complex details of the smallest ornaments, the undisguised warmth and, why not mention, female tenderness, which radiates from every page, without danger of slipping into pathetic - convinced me that Biserka Ilijašev gave us an excellent valuable book, whose significance and beauty will be felt, understood and applied by all who read this book .
Architect - Senior Conservator, Kraljevo
Biserka’s jewels, images from the reflection of the soul and plains. Gates hide backyards, lilacs, geraniums, peace, boredom, decay. Ajnforts smell of quince, shade and sounds of the evening bells. Impressions, ambience, atmosphere, melancholy, memories, returns are shown in her drawings. From gates to gardens, from closing times to opening ajnfort’s in dawns and recollections in the twighlight.
City in us and us in the city.
Architect, Urbanist, Belgrade