Nermina survived the 1992 massacre in which many members of her family were killed. She has come back to live in her native village with her son and daughters, she farms and breeds cows, the only means she has of making a living. Her two daughters, Almedina and Melisa, are now adolescent, they share the desires and ambitions of their generation: Almedina would like to go abroad, Melisa wants to go to university.Should i stay or leave?
Observing their life, day after day, over a period of one year, I tried to capture the relation between the mother and her daughters in a delicate moment, full of choices. In the background the harshness of country life, in a village that is still afflicted by the consequences of the recent war, a village that seems to be waiting for something, where one question in particular seems to be recurrent, “should I stay or leave?”
I studied visual anthropology and specialized in the history and culture of South-East European countries. In particular my research focused on the conflicts that swept the Balkans in the '90s. The first time I met Nermina in Bosnia I was impressed by her tenacity. I was surprised to see a young woman with two teenager’s daugthers return to live in the same place where twenty years earlier, during the war, they had lost so many dear ones.What would I do if I lost everything?
In general what interests me is the ability with which human beings react to catastrophes. My curiosity leads me to search for answers by looking at the experiences of the people who lived through these events. I am not in search of heroes but of normal people who have had extraordinary experiences. What would I do if I lost everything? What would I do if I was to start my life from zero? And what are the consequences of a past violent conflict? In which direction is their and our society going?