My Country is the World
My Country is the World is an interdisciplinary "feminist psychogeography" exploration of the untold experiences of two radically different women in the context of the Bosnian War.
For more than 15 years, I have traveled over and over again to what is known as the Former Yugoslavia returning as if on some kind of homing instinct. Two days before I left for a Fulbright in Bosnia, I found a handful of letters my grandmother and I wrote to a woman we sponsored in a refugee camp in 1995. In 2015, I was reunited with this woman twice in her repatriated village which had been ethnically cleansed and turned into a rape camp during the Bosnian War.
Personal archives, paintings and academic lectures by my grandmother on Virginia Woolf's feminist pacifism are combined with war reportage and repatriation projects in Bosnia to animate a conversation on women in war, trauma, and overcoming.
Early writings during my time in Bosnia can be found on Gender Assignment here.
The letter, seen below, being read by her nephew at her home in Grapska.
Photolithography of the letter Zejna wrote from a Croatian refugee camp, superimposed on a portrait of my grandmother.