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FOB Briefs
Vol. 10, No. 1, December, 2003

Exhibit on the Aftermath in Bosnia


Award-winning photographer and writer Sara Terry is completing a book and exhibit of photographs on reconstruction in Bosnia. “Aftermath: Bosnia’s Long Road to Peace” examines the country’s struggle to rebuild a civil society and, says Terry, “explores the human costs and consequences of war — not on the battlefield, but in its aftermath, which is where the painful work of true peace making begins.” FOB cosponsored a fundraiser for “Aftermath” in September 2003, and we are planning to cosponsor an exhibit of Terry’s work in Boston next spring. Here is an excerpt from Terry’s writing about her exhibit:

“Since the fall of 2000, I have been documenting the social, political, and economic upheavals that have been part of Bosnia’s struggle to deal with the aftermath of a war marked by ethnic cleansing and the worst genocide in Europe since the end of World War II. Although photojournalists provided remarkable images of that war, I believe they did not tell the whole story —that the media must also be responsible for documenting what happens after the guns and bombs and the madness of violence have finally been stilled. War is only half the story. It does not teach us about peace. That part of the tale unfolds only in its aftermath, and I believe that it is as newsworthy as war itself .…So I went to Bosnia to cover the aftermath of war — to try to capture the images that are the all too often forgotten companions of the vivid pictures of war itself .…I went to Bosnia with the desire to document the incredibly difficult period when humans move out of war’s desperate struggle to survive, and begin another equally mighty struggle —that of learning to live again. In the two years I’ve been working on this project, I’ve become convinced that we need post-conflict images to remind us of our humanity — to testify that war is not the final word on who we are as human beings, or the final image of our spirit.”

For more information about “Aftermath,” visit www.bosniaaftermath.com.