Once Upon a Time and Never Again

Once upon a time is usually how every fairy tale begins, but in this case, it is how a war story begins. More than an exhibition, this is a memorial dedicated to all the children killed and missing as a result of the Kosovo war. Through their personal belongings we take a glimpse into their young lives […]

A Contribution to the Memory of the Black Armband on May 31 1992 – against the forgery of history through oblivion

»Serbia is a country in which the past is much more uncertain than the future« (Stojan Cerović 1949 – 2005, journalist and peace activist)                                                                                                                                                Photo: Private archive Black cardboard squares, about one square meter each, were piled one on top of the other in front of the Palace Albanija and hundreds of people would walk up[…]

Exhibition “Data: Mars” – Protests and Women’s Activism in Kosovo

Photo credits: Ardit Hoxha and Majlinda Hoxha Feminist activism has a long history of erasure and marginalization. The historical amnesia surrounding women’s movements renders any attempt of unearthing their genealogies and experiences an act of intervention in itself. Grounding women’s movements, however, calls for tackling the complexities and the historical context in which these movements emerged. Academic[…]

Womens Protests in the 1990s in Kosovo: The Story of Igo Rogova

For several years, Albanians faced continuous occupation and violation of the rights to work, freedom of language, gathering, music, and moving. However, this became worse under the oppressive policies of Milošević’s regime. In 1998, the situation went from bad to worse. The Serbian police and armed forces started massacring civilians, raping women, burning villages, and perpetrating other[…]

What Expulsion of Croats?

What expulsion of Croatian citizens? In Vojvodina? Not a chance. This year on May 6 it will be 29 years since the speech given in Hrtkovci by Vojislav Šešelj, the president of the Serbian Radical Party. Almost three decades since adding fuel to the flames which were already engulfing the houses of our neighbors. The results of[…]

WHO OWNS JASENOVAC?

"The concentration camp is imaginable only and exclusively as literature, never as reality. (Not even–or rather, least of all–when we have directly experienced it.)" Imre Kertész Photo: Vesna Lalić Certain policies have not been defeated, not even after the collapse of their primary ideologues and leaders, as it was in the case of Slobodan Milošević’s fall in[…]

Dara and Aida as an invitation to remember the victims

The audience frequently has conflicting opinions about regional films with a war-related topic. On the one hand, such topics reopen old wounds and do not allow persons to go on, and on the other hand, there is a need to preserve the remembrance of victims without an attempt to equate war crimes. It is specifically the second[…]

International Women’s Day Across Three Decades

On 8 March 1990, several hundred women, including members of the Women’s Association of the Democratic League of Kosovo (LDK) – the political party that led the peaceful resistance against the Serbian oppression in the ‘90s – gathered at the Youth Center “Boro and Ramiz” in Prishtina (nowadays, Youth Palace). The Women’s Association of LDF notified publicly[…]

How long does a war crime last?

When we started working on an initiative for the adoption of a legal regulation to ban denial, minimizing, justifying or condoning genocide, holocaust, crimes against humanity or war crimes two years ago, we put the following questions in our work paper: the context (do we need it and why), possibilities (what are the obstacles, what are the advantages),[…]

Republic Srpska lives in a political dictatorship

The director Jasmila Žbanić, regarding the film “Quo vadis, Aida?” about the genocide in Srebrenica, about the film premier in Srebrenica, the relationship towards it, as well as the events it depicts in Republic Srpska, Oscar candidacy as an opportunity for more people to see the film. Photo: Aleksandar Roknić Translation: Luna Đorđević Right after the war[…]