“I saw a grown man cry every time he spoke the word ‘majka’ (mama). I met a war orphan who has not drank liquids since WW2 after being almost starved to death in children’s concentration camp. And I witnessed immeasurable strength of another survivor who spent her life helping others while carrying a memory of Ustasha skinning a man alive in front of her. All this within two years from the first time I learned of the despicable genocide in WW2 Croatia. But what really stroke me from the beginning was the fact that they – the survivors – could not – for personal or political reasons – speak about their nightmares after the war ended as if they were punished for surviving,” says Sladek.
Unspoken Genocide is a collection of images and interviews completed during a two year period in the Balkans – mainly Bosnia (Banja Luka) and Serbia (Belgrade). It doesn't aim to serve photography critics as a source of countless speculations but to set the viewer straight into the emotions of people behind the stories. “Memories and pain of genocide survivors must not be suppressed by politics or encoded into a complicated artistic language – as if it wasn't enough that today’s world is so foreign to their generation.” The photographer - in Sladek’s case - is merely a medium to convey the message which is plain and simple. For it is the inability to speak about the memories that is at the focus the book.
Hardcover: 152 pages
Publisher: David Sladek
Language: English / Serbian
Print: PBTisk, CZ
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