Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans

The Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) welcome you to the presentation of the photo essay Heartland by Ziyah Gafić. He will be joined in conversation by Chris Keulemans.

“Heartland is a visual journey and an homage to my ailing homeland.” – Ziyah Gafić

Ziyah Gafić (1980, Sarajevo) was 12 when the Bosnian war started. He grew up under siege, was raised and shaped by war, but lived a very different war than the stories told by media reports. There was sniper fire, continuous shelling, scarce water and electricity supply and occasional hunger. But there was also a thriving underground musical scene and a gang of teenagers that collected fresh shrapnel to show off to young girls.

In photos and text, Gafić sets out to capture the loneliness and determination of people surviving despite the bitter destruction of community and their way of life.

Chris Keulemans (Tunis, 1960) was till September 2014 artistic director of the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. He grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1984 he founded the literary bookshop Perdu in Amsterdam. During the nineties he worked at De Balie, Centre for culture and politics in Amsterdam, first as a curator, later as director. Keulemans is a traveling writer who has worked with Gafić on several stories.

Free entrance, RSVP here.

Doors open: 17:30 p.m.

Start of programme: 18:00 p.m.

End of programme: 19:30 p.m.

Location: Pages Bookstore Café Amsterdam, Herengracht 603.

Ziyah Gafić is a project partner of the Prince Claus Fund. The publication of Heartland as well as his earlier work Paradise Lost was made possible with support from the Fund.

Photo GORAZDE - BOSNIA, 2001: The Collective Center is the one of the “new” words whose meaning was modified during the war in Bosnia. Now it means the center where refugees are living even 10 years after the war. The return as one of the main premises of Dayton Peace accord from 1995 has been probably the most neglected part of the accord. (c) Ziyah Gafić

Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans

"Heartland is a visual journey to my ailing homeland."

- Ziyah Gafić

Ziyah Gafić

Ziyah Gafić

Ziyah Gafić (1980, Sarajevo) was 12 when the Bosnian war started. He grew up under siege, was raised and shaped by war. He saw media reports that told the story of his homeland, but he lived a very different war. There was sniper fire, continuous shelling, scarce water and electricity supply and occasional hunger, but also an underground musical scene, a gang of teenagers that collected fresh shrapnel to show off to young girls. The war ended two decades ago, but Gafić says now Bosnia is locked in a cycle of ethno-politics, weakened by systematic corruption. As during the war, people manage somehow to carry on with their lives.  In photos and text, Gafić sets out to capture the loneliness and determination of people surviving despite the bitter destruction of community and their way of life. Ziyah Gafić is a project partner of the Prince Claus Fund. His publication of Heartland as well as his earlier work Paradise Lost was made possible with support from the Fund.

Chris  Keulemans

Chris Keulemans

Chris Keulemans (Tunis, 1960) was till September 2014 artistic director of the Tolhuistuin in Amsterdam. He grew up in Baghdad, Iraq. In 1984 he founded the literary bookshop Perdu in Amsterdam. During the nineties he worked at De Balie, Centre for culture and politics in Amsterdam, first as a curator, later as director. Keulemans is a traveling writer who has worked with Gafić on several stories.

 

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Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans

The Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) welcome you to the presentation of the photo essay Heartland by Ziyah Gafić. He will be joined in conversation by Chris Keulemans. “Heartland is a visual journey and an homage to my ailing homeland.” – Ziyah Gafić Ziyah Gafić (1980, Sarajevo) was 12 when the Bosnian war started. He grew up under siege,...

 
 
 
 

Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans

The Prince Claus Fund and the Amsterdam Fund for the Arts (AFK) welcome you to the presentation of the photo essay Heartland by Ziyah Gafić. He will be joined in conversation by Chris Keulemans. “Heartland is a visual journey and an homage to my ailing homeland.” – Ziyah Gafić Ziyah Gafić (1980, Sarajevo) was 12 when the Bosnian war started. He grew up under siege,...