2013 - Ongoing
Bosnia and Herzegovina
History is a settlement within the community, regarding an order of past events approved by the members. Relying on the structured history in the process of creating common identity stresses the social significance of constructed history. The nation, as an ethnic group owning an organised state, among its constitutive features has sharing common cultural and historical grounds. The culture of the community is also based on shared version of history as well. By common saying, that’s winners who write history.
Makeshift is a project on rewriting history in Bosnia and Hercegovina, focusing on mass atrocities of Bosnian War 1992-95, places where they were committed, and their erased context. In most cases, places used to keep, torture, rape and murder civilians were renovated after the war, and thus restored to their former purpose of buildings of public utility. History is a collectively set narration, so it has the ability of being rewritten from scratch. Now, in the wake of 25th anniversary of the end of the war, a lot of events that happened are concealed by new historical narrations, in order to maintain the integrity of newly founded society of divided ethnical groups. I find it extremely important to analyse this conflict – its buildup and aftermath, as a lot of those factors seem universal and beyond specific place and time, and thus everything that happened could be easily repeated again.
The entire landscape bears contamination that part of newly written history wants to erase.