selected photos from our travelling exhibition

Livno, Southern Bosnia Herzegovina, Catholic Croat enclave.
Ivan Tomovic is a well-known atheists, a rarety in the area. Remarkably, he lives out of making small stone chapels that are placed all around the town of Livno. The Catholic majority uses them as graves for their family members

Omarska. Bosnia Herzegovina, population majority: Orthodox Serbs.
Entrance of the District. Omarska is an important mining site. During the war the area was infamously known for the prison camp that was set up in one of the factories in the industrial compound. This was the biggest camp used by Serbian troops to deport and ethnically cleans people of Islamic faith

On the road to Sarajevo, Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A man made himself a house using a UN container left behind. A monthly wage does not get €400 and surviving becomes difficult. Unemployment in 2011 reached the pick of 43%. Heavy economic crisis is forcing many people to find new ways of living by utilizing leftovers from the war era in order to get repair.
In this specific case a UN container is used as home for the man sitting in front of it

Prusac, central region of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
After the fall of Yugoslavia the religious feeling has increased in the whole Bosnia. Every single religion started rediscovering ancient traditions in order to keep people together in communities.
Ajatovica, situated near the small town of Prusac in central Bosnia, is the annual largest Islamic traditional, religious and cultural event in Europe. Many Muslims get together to celebrate a miracle happened next to a water spring that was obstructed by a massive rock. Suddenly one morning the population of the area woke up and found the rock split in two parts, so the water could be reachable again

Banja Luka, capital of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia.
Danijela Majstorovic is a linguist and teaches at the Banja Luka University.
She principally studies the problematics connected to the language within the new countries appeared after the fall of Yugoslavia.
Before the war there was only a common language, Serbo-Croatian, and two scripts, Latin and Cyrillic. Afterwards all the countries claimed their own language and now they have Croatian, Bosnian and Serbian, which are, at the end, the same language, but they want to keep them separated as different ones.
A new phenomenon is that now speakers do a lot of effort to come up with new and unique words so to underline the differences between the three languages

Prijedor. District of Nova Orlovacka. Serbian Republic of Bosnia.
A new district is being built within the area of Prijedor. It does host people, only Bosnian Orthodox Serbs, that left Central Bosnia, Sarajevo in particular, so to find a fertile land to live in and cultivate. What they have found at the end, 15 years after the war ended, is a bunch of unfinished houses with no running water. Authorities are to bring to water to village as well as to provide basic services such as public transport, schools and food shops.
At the beginning it was a refugee camp for people escaping from the war

Srebrenica, Serbian Republic of Bosnia, 11th of July 2011.
During the commemoration of the massacre a man moves away from the crowd and finds a quiet place where to pray just behind the warehouse used as headquarter by the Dutch Battalion, considered partly responsible of the massacre of almost 8.000 people on the 11th of July 1995, when Mladic’s troops entered the town

The District of Brcko is situated within the Bosnian territory, right at the border with Serbia and Croatia and it is still under control of the British peacekeeping forces. Catholic Croats, Orthodox Serbs and Muslims share the same space, still not all of them feel they belong to this place.
Ivana Nikolic, a Catholic Bosnian Croat, lives in the District and studies in Osijek, Croatia. If she could choose this would be her home country, but VISA issues are stopping her as well as many other young Bosnians from moving abroad

Srebrenica. Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nikola Sakota runs a Serbian restaurant in the heart of Srebrenica, where now live mostly Serbs. Before the war Srebrenica used to be a Muslim enclave in the middle of a territory completely inhabited by Serbs. On the 11th of July 1995 Serb troops entered the city despite the control of UN forces and killed about 8.000 people. In the little town are still visible the scars of the siege that led to the massacre

Cyrillic writings in a suburb of Banja Luka. Capital of the Serbian Republic of Bosnia. They underline the Serbian desire of separation from people of other faiths.
Before the war both scripts, Cyrillic and Latin, were taught in every Yugoslavian school and everybody was able to read and write using both of them. After the conflict the situation is radically changed. Muslim and Catholic schools only teach using the Latin script, whereas in the Serbian territories Cyrillic is the only script being used. Young generations have serious difficulties in dealing with a different script, even though the live in the same country

Prijedor, Western Bosnia and Herzegovina. Female school.
The town of Prijedor is well-know for the several massacres that took place during the Balkan War. All the Muslims that used to live around the area were either killed or forced to flee towards Central Bosnia. Several concentration camps were set up around and inside the town. The female school was then used as a torture centre in the period of the war

On the hills surrounding Sarajevo, where the Serbian troops took position during the siege of the city – that lasted from 1992 to 1995 – the signs of the conflict are still visible. The Olympic Games site lies forgotten

Livno. Southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Inside the biggest shopping centre in town. The area is mostly inhabited by Bosnian Croats who would like to create the third entity and get separated from the Muslims who live mainly in central Bosnia. Bosnian Croats consider themselves Croatian speakers and strictly follow the Catholic faith

Srebrenica. Eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Nikola Jakovljevic runs a Serbian restaurant in the heart of Srebrenica, now mostly populated by Serbs. Before the war the town used to be a Muslim enclave in the middle of a territory completely inhabited by Serbs. On the 11th of July 1995 Serb troops entered the city despite the control of UN forces and killed about 8.000 people. In the little town are still visible the scars of the siege that led to the massacre

Livno. Southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Iva Matic defines himself as a Roman Catholic. The Catholic presence is very strong in the area. The people from the South use the Confederation flag to underline the difference from other people living in Bosnia: Serbs and Muslims.