Art for Healing, Politics, and Feminism in Bosnia

TW: rape, violence

The atrocities of the Bosnian War, namely the brutal rape of as many as 50,000 women, still scar the country and its people. In spite of a remaining misogynistic climate, artists are using their creative works to push for LGBTQ+ rights and women’s equality.

Jušić is an artist in Sarajevo depicting women’s experiences today and throughout Bosnia’s history.

“Jušić says she has been criticized many times for her focus on women’s rights: ‘As an artist I was criticized for believing in art as a political tool and for being a feminist, too.'”

Šejla Kamerić’s Bosnian Girl

These artists are still trying to shake boundaries place on women following the war.

“The idea of women as victims in Bosnia is a hangover from the mass rapes that occurred here during the war. As the country’s three major ethnic groups—Muslims, Croats, and Serbs—bitterly fought each other; sexual assault became just another weapon and a tool for ethnic cleansing. Although all sides committed atrocities, rape was most commonly used by Serb armed forces against Muslim women. During the war, women were not only victims. They were soldiers, carers, and in the absence of men, heads of their households. But the stories of sexualised violence that leaked out of the conflict—of gang rapes and rape camps—are so horrific; they still define women’s identity in Bosnia, twenty years later.”

To read the full article: https://broadly.vice.com/en_us/article/using-art-to-move-forward-after-legacy-of-mass-rape

All credit to Morgan Meaker, broadly.vice.com

 

 

 

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