Hosted at the University of Sarajevo, Adam Pantic and I made pita and handmade paper with fruits and vegetables sourced at Sarajevo’s famous Markale green market. We were joined by special guest, papermaker and founder of The Mobile Mill, Jillian Bruschera. She launched her new invention, The Papermaker's Pack.
We each brought our personal histories to the project: Pantic through his memories of military academy in Sarajevo during his youth, which he explores through his culinary nom de guerre, “Djulistan, PhD in Oriental Sweets” and me through a Bosnian woman I wrote during the Bosnian war and was reunited with 20 years later in her Bosnian village.
The project also reflected one of the most important works of my career, which took place 9 years earlier through my first Fulbright Scholar award: the construction of a hand papermaking studio at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Belgrade. Pantic masterminded the studio construction and taught hand papermaking in the studio while I was in residence. Our mutual understanding has been through media and materials that engage audiences in participatory events and extend traditional academic art practice into intersections of craft, traditional culture, ethnography, documentary, and performance.