Rendered History: Reclaiming the Truth of War in the Former Yugoslavia

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building)

Please join the Harriman Institute and the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights for a discussion with artist Vladimir Miladinovic and Srdjan Hercigonja (Columbia University, Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability Fellow, Institute for the Study of Human Rights) who are both members of the art/theory working group on memorial production strategies "Four Faces of Omarska". Aida Šehović, artist and creator of the nomadic public monument Što Te Nema?, will serve as discussant. Tanya Domi (SIPA/Harriman Institute) will moderate.


Vladimir Miladinovic lives and works in Belgrade, Serbia. He graduated from the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade and has completed doctoral level courses in the department of Art and Media Theory at the University of Arts, Belgrade. He has been working as an independent artist since 2007. He is a member of the working group “Four Faces of Omarska” an art/theory group that questions memorial production strategies. 


Srdjan Hercigonja is a Bosch Foundation Fellow in the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability program at the Columbia University Institute for the Study of Human Rights. Hercigonja is also a junior researcher at the Belgrade-based Center for Comparative Conflict Studies. In addition, he serves as Director of the Initiative for Contemporary Art and Theory (ICAT). It is in this capacity that he serves as a founding member of the ‘Four Faces of Omarska’ Working Group project. Prior to joining ICAT, Srdjan worked for a number of local NGOs dealing with human rights issues and transitional justice and has also worked for UNDP Serbia and the Center for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths University, London.


Aida Šehović is a Bosnian-born artist whose work examines loss, trauma and displacement caused by war through a combination of ritual and politics. She is the creator of Što Te Nema?, a public monument created as a response to Europe’s worst atrocity since World War II - the systematic killing of 8,372 Muslim men and boys in the UN-protected safe area of Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina in July of 1995. Conceived as a participatory nomadic monument, ŠTO TE NEMA travels to a new location annually, enabling different communities to commemorate the Srebrenica genocide collectively and in a public space on its anniversary. 


Event image: "El Mundo, 9 August 1992" Inkwash on paper, 2015