Marking the genocide in Srebrenica

The photographs on display in Srebrenica in 2007. Only Bosnian Serbs lived in Srebrenica in the years after the 1995 massacre, but a growing number of Bosnian Muslims are returning. Many residents – Serb and Muslim – took pictures of themselves and their surroundings as part of the Srebrenica Civil Presence project. The aim was to bring ethnic groups together and lessen tension in the town.

Our exhibition and a series of events entitled Srebrenica Now was held in July 2005 to mark the 10th anniversary of the genocide in the town during the war in Bosnia. This took place at the (now closed) Salon des Arts, Queensgate, London.

We staged Srebrenica Now in partnership with the photographer and researcher Philippa Harrison, the Dutch Bosnian NGOWerkgroep Nederland Srebrenica, BH Community UK and the Srebrenica Justice Campaign.

Srebrenica Now presented photographs from the town taken a decade after the genocide (July 1995). Serbs and Bosnian Muslims in the town took pictures to reflect their lives in the aftermath of violence. For many, it was the first time that they had worked together.

The exhibition was staged in Queensgate over two weeks and we organised a series of events around the show. This encouraged debate and gave people a platform on which to air their views – press coverage.  Click here for part 1 of a debate chaired by the BBC’s diplomatic correspondent Paul Reynolds.

These photographs subsequently went to libraries and prisons (HMP Wormwood Scrubs and Feltham Young Offenders Institute) as well as the Viewfinder Gallery, Greenwich.