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Very important project – Faces of Srebrenica

Here are the faces of thousands who died in Srebrenica ….

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When I started collecting photos of the people killed in Srebrenica, the task at first seemed like a clerical one. I looked for names, birthdates, and anything else that would help me sort through the records. In a way it was a microcosm of the Bosnian war itself. Everyone knew the names of the first victims as Yugoslavia disintegrated into interethnic chaos in 1991. But as the war continued over the next few years, names turned to numbers. As humanity seemed to disappear, so did any semblance of personhood. But then I started to look at the faces. A lot of them reminded me of the people I knew. …

So writes Dzenana Halimovic who started the project of collecting the victims’ photographs. Take a moment, take a look. Let us not forget!

SREBRENICA TODAY exhibition

Slavenka Drakulic has participated in the making of the exhibition SREBRENICA TODAY.

The exhibition is displayed in the premises of ERSTE Foundation in Vienna and is planned to be shown at the Cultural Center Parobrod in Belgrade, the European Forum Alpbach and the European Parliament in Brussels.

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SREBRENICA TODAY is a visual portrait of the town and its residents showing moments of everyday life in the town of Srebrenica and its surroundings. The exhibition is comprised of eight posters. Each of them features photo-portraits of the residents, their everyday life or professional activities. These portraits are combined with photo stories, short textual descriptions explaining the photographs, as well as commissioned texts by persons from the fields of politics and art/culture: Boris Buden, Erhard Busek, Slavenka Drakulić, Doraja Eberle, Haris Pašović, Wolfgang Petritsch, Bojana Pejić, Jasmila Žbanić were asked to contribute texst to this project. Read all texts at this link.