Ziyah Gafić

Ziyah Gafić

Sarajevo ~ Bosnia And Herzegovina

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.