The Srebrenica Memorial Center: the Gravitational Center of a Nation’s Experience
“I see the future of the Srebrenica Memorial Center as a gravitational center [for] the experience of one nation during the 1990s, with its own archive, research and museum capacities for the commemoration of the victims of Srebrenica, Sarajevo and Ahmići…because we are the generation that should give this institution a chance to survive and …
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 …
Paul & Boba: A Love Story under the Siege
Do not shoot. Waste your bullets. I’m immortal. During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), families across the world sat down every evening to watch scenes of besieged Sarajevo from their living rooms. What the viewers didn’t see amidst the footage of horror and destruction is how the Siege of Sarajevo could also result …
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 …