Original title: Dostojanstvo Prkos Strah Očaj
3 prints and text on the wall
Thanks to Lydia Cole
As in some of my previous works, this work is also inspired by the book “Women Heroes” from 1967, edited by Mila Beoković. The book consists of life stories of 10 Bosnian national heroines from World War II. The stories are written according to interviews conducted with people who knew these women, since all of them died in the war, at very early age. However, these are not written in the form of interviews, but rather in the form of a novel.
In these stories, women are represented as almost nonhuman in their abilities to struggle with intimidation, pain, torture etc. With this work I want to point out that with these kinds of representations of women and their role in the war, dehumanize women and diminishes their important role in the Antifascist struggle. They are represented as mythical creatures, super heroes that jump in the graves they dug for themselves, before being executed with smiles on their faces. These women sing while bleeding to death for for Yugoslavia.
I use excerpts of one photograph of Partisan woman just captured by enemies. In the textual part I use both the “real” name of this photo: Dignity and defiance of captured Partisan woman at the time of the attack on Drvar and the name given by me Fear and desperation of captured Partisan woman at the time of the attack on Drvar.
Exhibition view SHARE – Too Much History, MORE Future, Bosnian National Gallery, Sarajevo, 2014
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