In-Situ, Performance

Burn Me, Arrest and Discern Me, Sentence Me to Death

Standing against the black-grey granite walls of Vraca Memorial Park in Sarajevo, with a piece of piece of red fabric drawn up over my body, face, and stretched between my arms - I recreate “Žena borac” monument and draw attention to the figure of Radojka Lakić as a heroine, who – like many other women – actively participated in the antifascist liberation of the city.  

In the photograph, “Žena borac” statue is reevoked by raising two fists, mimicking the statue’s original stance.

The imprint my face is visible through the fabric and is reminiscent of the angular features of the monument. In the resulting image, the tattoo of the word “Ništa” (meaning ‘nothing’) is visible on my right wrist.

The action not only draws attention to the continued absence of the statue’s right arm but is also testimony of the difficulties of gaining progress in the fight for women’s rights in the contemporary BiH.

Photo Documentation: Elodie Grethen

© Smirna Kulenović 
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