CREATION / SALAM SISTER
*We presented our video-essay at TERRIBLES.COM on april 25th 2012 at Centro Español - La Nacional, 239 West 14th st. NY
It is not easy to speak today about the Bosnian war, primarily because it is one of the few 90s topics that has not managed to become a trend in the 00s. What would have happened if Twitter had existed by then? Would #prayforbosnia have achieved the world Trending Topic status day after day? Would that have changed anything?
After watching photography repeatedly, you finally end up seeing the hidden pattern: a woman wearing a dark veil - it is a political claim that justifies the shame of war. For a long time, women have been used as a tool by suited men - men that fill their mouths with words about the dignity of being. We love to see women fighting at the television newscasts, we love women to be the leading bloggers in the whole world, and we love women being at the centre of the iconography of revolutions. We are mainly comfortable with this new stereotype: that is the reason why two women when they try to rebuild the history of the Bosnian war, a history of a conflict that has been their main obsession for the last years, they unwantedly end up spitting something halfway between gender and loss.