SHE WENT TO WAR

Original title: Ona je otišla u rat
Video projection of still image and handwriting on the wall
Year of production: 2012

Text from installation is written by author and inspired by “Women Heroes”, a book edited by Mila Beoković in 1967. The book consists of life stories of 10 heroines of World War II in Bosnia and Herzegovina. This text however, is dedicated to all those women who fought and to those who died fighting for freedom from Fascism and freedom from patriarchal oppression at the times of World War II.
Thanks to Julia and Mirsela for the assistance in translation.

Adela Jusic Unknown Heroines

ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER JE TO BILA BORBA PROTIV FAŠIZMA.
ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER JE HTJELA SLOBODU ZA SVOJ NAROD.
ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER JE HTJELA SLOBODU ZA SEBE.
ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER JE BILA HRABRA KAO BILO KOJI MUŠKARAC.
ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER SU JOJ GOVORILI: “DA TA BORBA MORA DONIJETI PLODA I ZA ŽENE JUGOSLAVIJE I DA VIŠE NIKADA NIKO NEĆE MOĆI ISTRGNUTI TE SKUPO PLAĆENE PLODOVE IZ NJIHOVIH RUKU”.
ONA SE PRIDRUŽILA NARODNOOSLOBODILAČKOJ BORBI JER SU JOJ GOVORILI DA JE TO BORBA ZA RAVNOPRAVNOST ŽENA.
ONA JE OTIŠLA U RAT JER JE BILA PATRIOTKINJA.
ONA JE OTIŠLA U RAT ZA SVOJIM OCEM I BRAĆOM.
ONA JE OTIŠLA U RAT DA BI POBJEGLA  OD SVOG OCA I BRAĆE.
ONA JE OTIŠLA U RAT JER JE RAT ZNAČIO SLOBODU.
ONA JE MISLILA DA ĆE, KAD RAT BUDE GOTOV, ŽENE RAVNOPRAVNO ODLUČIVATI O PITANJIMA DRUŠTVENOG ŽIVOTA.
ONA JE MISLILA DA ĆE, KAD RAT BUDE GOTOV, ŽENE IMATI PODJEDNAK UDIO U VLASTI.
ONA JE MISLILA DA ĆE, KAD RAT BUDE GOTOV, ŽENE BITI NAGRAĐENE ZA SVOJE ZASLUGE.
ONA JE MISLILA DA ĆE NJENA BORBA IZVOJEVATI SLOBODU I ZA ŽENE.
ONA JE MISLILA DA JE DRUGARICA SVOJIM DRUGOVIMA.
ONA JE MISLILA DA JE BRATSTVO I JEDINSTVO JEDINSTVO, NE SAMO BRAĆE, VEĆ I SESTARA.
ONA NIJE ZNALA DA BORBA PROTIV FAŠIZMA NEĆE BITI GOTOVA NAKON BORBE PROTIV FAŠIZMA.
PO FIZIČKOJ SNAZI I IZDRŽLJIVOSTI NI MUŠKARAC JOJ NIJE BIO RAVAN.
SVE ZADATKE IZVRŠAVALA JE SA PUNO VOLJE I ZALAGANJA.
NA NAJTEŽE ZADATKE JAVLJALA SE DOBROVOLJNO.
VAŽILA JE KAO NAJREVOLUCIONARNIJA OMLADINKA SVOJE GRUPE.
OD SVOJE CRVENE SUKNJE OD SVILE, KOJU JE SAMO JEDANPUT OBUKLA,  NAPRAVILA JE ZASTAVU NA KOJOJ JE ŽUTIM KONCEM IZVEZLA SRP, ČEKIĆ I ZVIJEZDU.
KADA SE JEDANPUT PRI STABU NAŠLA KAO KUHARICA, OSJEĆALA SE UVRIJEĐENOM.
SMRTNO JE RANJENA PRILIKOM IZVLAČENJA RANJENOG DRUGA.
NA NOSILIMA, NA PUTU DO BOLNICE, PJEVALA JE BORBENE PJESME.
ONA NIJE ODLIKOVANA HEROJKOM ZA VRIJEME SVOG ŽIVOTA.
ONA NIJE ODLIKOVANA HEROJKOM POSLIJE SVOJE SMRTI.
TRG KOJI JE NOSIO NJENO IME DANAS SE VIŠE TAKO NE ZOVE.
ŠKOLA KOJA JE NOSILA NJENO IME DANAS SE VIŠE TAKO NE ZOVE.
ISPOD STUBA NA KOJI JE OBJEŠENA NEMA CVIJEĆA.
BISTA KOJA JE ZA NJU NAPRAVLJENA VIŠE NIJE NA SVOM POSTAMENTU.
NA NJENOM GROBU NE PIŠE NJENO IME.
NA NJENOM GROBU PIŠE “NEPOZNATA PARTIZANKA”.

SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE THAT WAS THE MOVEMENT AGAINST FASCISM.
SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE SHE WANTED FREEDOM FOR HER PEOPLE.
SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE SHE WANTED FREEDOM FOR HERSELF.
SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE SHE WAS AS BRAVE AS ANY MAN.
SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE SHE WAS PROMISED THAT: “THE MOVEMENT WILL BEAR FRUIT FOR THE WOMEN OF YUGOSLAVIA TOO,  AND NO ONE WOULD EVER BE ABLE TO SEIZE THOSE HARD-EARNED ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM THEIR HANDS”.
SHE JOINED THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION MOVEMENT BECAUSE SHE WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS A MOVEMENT FOR THE EQUALITY OF WOMEN.
SHE WENT TO WAR BECAUSE SHE WAS A PATRIOT.
SHE WENT TO WAR FOLLOWING HER FATHER AND HER BROTHERS.
SHE WENT TO WAR TO ESCAPE FROM HER FATHER AND HER BROTHERS.
SHE THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE WAR CAME TO AN END, WOMEN WOULD BE EQUAL IN DECISION MAKING CONCERNING THE SOCIAL SPHERE.
SHE THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE WAR CAME TO AN END, WOMEN WOULD HAVE AN EQUAL SHARE IN GOVERNMENT.
SHE THOUGHT THAT WHEN THE WAR CAME TO AN END, WOMEN WOULD BE AWARDED FOR THEIR MERITS.
SHE THOUGHT THAT HER STRUGGLE WOULD WIN FREEDOM FOR OTHER WOMEN TOO.
SHE THOUGHT SHE WAS A COMRADE TO HER MALE COMRADES.
SHE THOUGHT THAT BROTHERHOOD AND UNITY WAS UNITY NOT ONLY OF BROTHERS, BUT OF BROTHERS AND SISTERS.
SHE DIDN’T KNOW THAT THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FASCISM WOULD NOT BE OVER AFTER THE STRUGGLE AGAINST FASCISM.
BY PHYSICAL STRENGTH AND ENDURANCE, NO MAN WAS EQUAL TO HER.
SHE FULFILLED ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS WITH MUCH ENTHUSIASM AND ASSIDUOUSNESS.
SHE VOLUNTARILY TOOK ON THE HARDEST ASSIGNMENTS.
SHE WAS CONSIDERED TO BE THE MOST REVOLUTIONARY MEMBER OF HER GROUP.
FROM HER RED SILKY SKIRT THAT SHE WORE ONLY ONCE  SHE SEWED THE FLAG, AND ON IT, IN YELLOW THREAD SHE EMBROIDERED THE SICKLE, THE HAMMER AND THE STAR.
ONCE WHEN SHE WAS ASSIGNED TO BE AN ARMY COOK, SHE FELT OFFENDED.
SHE WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED WHILE SAVING A WOUNDED COMRADE.
ON THE STRETCHER, ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL, SHE SANG THEIR COMBAT SONGS.
SHE WASN’T GRATIFIED A  HEROINE IN HER LIFETIME.
SHE WASN’T GRATIFIED A HEROINE AFTER SHE DIED.
THE SQUARE THAT USED TO BE NAMED AFTER HER HAS A DIFFERENT NAME TODAY.
UNDER THE PILLAR WHERE SHE WAS HANGED, THERE ARE NO FLOWERS.
A BUST OF HER NO LONGER SITS ON ITS PEDESTAL.
THERE IS NO NAME WRITTEN ON HER GRAVE.
ON HER GRAVE IT SAYS: “UNKNOWN PARTISAN WOMAN”.