Art & Reconciliation: Bosnia Herzegovina

Recyklaze' exhibition procession
Recyklaze’ exhibition procession

‘Mladi Most’ or Young Bridge was a unique post war reconciliation project offering art education workshops, exhibitions and festivals across community divisions in Mostar and surrounding areas of Bosnia Herzegovina.

The town had survived intensive warfare and continuing intimidation to cross town, even three years since the Dayton Peace Agreement.  Artwork offered a way for personal development, management of trauma and meeting people of different identities and experiences through the way in a more neutral environment.  

As Project Coordinator (1998 – 2000) I led the organisation and local/ international team to implement a development strategy to establish a local management board and members which led the project to a new space and format.  Working in Bosnian language and English I also facilitated a regular Sculpture workshop ‘Recyklaze’ which utilised found objects as commentary of the lack of recycling facilities and the items available on the streets which spewed out of destroyed buildings.  

I also led arts workshops for the War Child sponsored Pavarotti Music Centre for their youth outreach festival.  On my return to UK I worked for Svitac/ Firefly Youth Education Project in Brcko/ Edinburgh to deliver youth summer camps.