MIZA HADZIC-MOREAU, Symbol of One, gelatine silver print
Wherever we live, whatever our nationality, the conflicts of the world have entered our daily reality. Stories of violent death, devastation and terrorism are now an indelible part of the collective human memory.
In July, 1995, in Srebrenica, a Bosnian silver-mining town, only a few hours drive from Venice, Vienna, and other major European capitals, Serbian forces killed nearly 8,000 men, women and children while in the presence of UN peacekeepers charged with protecting them.
Ten years after Srebrenica, genocide continues to echo through an often complacent and even complicit world while people of conscience try to resist. Since Srebrenica, we have witnessed genocide in East Timor, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan, the Middle East and elsewhere. We see new resistances rise while the old fall away, but the fundamental problems of ethnic hatred and state-sanctioned murder remain.
How do we respond to genocide and resist oppression in a world that continually emphasizes and exploits differences between varied groups of people whether it be along the lines of race, culture, religion, class, nationality, or sexuality? What role does xenophobia play in world events?
Why does the “modern” and “secular” nation-state still deal with crisis by scapegoating certain groups and allowing violence against them?
CuratedÂ by: Vesna Rebernak