The ”Nafaka” of the Sarajevo Haggadah
For more than a hundred years of turbulent history, Sarajevo and its inhabitants have kept the Sarajevo Haggadah, a written collection of Jewish regulations and traditions, from wars, arson, and theft. Its home is the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the Haggadah has had to leave several times in order to be preserved. …
Ena Dujmović and Plusminus Fashion: Fusing Modern Art with Graphic Design
Work hard, believe in yourself, and don’t blame anyone else if you don’t succeed. Bosnian native Ena Dujmović is pioneering the fusion of modern art and graphic design as a method to create the fashions that make up her brand Plusminus. Dujmović views her brand as an opportunity to innovate: “the inspiration came from the …
Miss Besieged Sarajevo: Fashion and Beauty as Symbols of Resistance
This image of Meliha Varešanović, captured by British photographer Tom Stoddart, went all around the world. It has become iconic – a classic of reportage. Yet back in 1994, while people overseas were opening their morning newspapers and talking about the beautiful women in the picture, Meliha was just thinking about how to survive another …
Dino Aganović: With Hard Work, Anything Can Be Achieved
The messages and emotions that I broadcast through my music are connected with dreaming and loss, and are ultimately a critique of society. Dino Aganović, known professionally as “Hibrid”, is a dynamic and cutting-edge music producer from Sarajevo. Hugely popular, he has produced many songs, as well as videos and an album, since starting his …
Gasha Miladinović: Balkan Style Superstar
Sarajevo is a place where local talent is trying to distance itself from centralized ideas. At the forefront: stylist Gordana ‘Gasha’ Miladinović. All industries strive to monopolize. And the fashion and design industries are no different in this respect. But they have a strangely paradoxical relationship. Any designer worth their salt will tell you that …
Božo Vrećo: The Artistic Revolutionary of the Balkans
So who is Božo Vrećo? Who better to ask than the man himself? Bosnia and Herzegovina as a country and the Balkans in general have often been described as patriarchal, verging on male chauvinist. So for someone embracing both feminine and masculine traits to reach the height of success in Bosnia’s music industry of Bosnia …