Bosnia after the War: With Ziyah Gafić & Chris Keulemans
|location||:||Prince Claus Fund Gallery|
|address||:||Herengracht 603, 1017 CE Amsterdam|
|time||:||from 17:30 till 19:30|
The Prince Claus Fund 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.
Please note there is limited seating for this event
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.