Celebrating the black contribution to British cultural life

Art mirrors social movements. Three current shows feature black artists whose roots documenting racial politics in the 80’s are ironically relevant in today’s post-Brexit climate.

 Black artists constantly fight against invisibility. In putting historically marginalized figures at the center of her work, Lubaina Himid asserts and celebrates the black contribution […]

A Fortunate Pairing

“Inside Silvana Mondo, Silvana Vukadin-Hoitt’s Tennyson Street art and antiques gallery, a low table surrounded by five cushioned stools that are barely higher than the floor itself awaits a group of guests, the tabletop set with a spread of dates, almonds, Turkish delight, a bottle of Bosnian sljivovic plum […]

Refugee Stories: Snapshots and Heirlooms

My grandmother had little patience for anything that reminded her of the war or of her origins. A small grey heirloom box that she gave me contained two things: a notebook in precise handwriting of botanical tags used for making her tinctures, salves and teas and a handful of […]

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I Just Closed My Eyes

In the quiet, life stories seem so complex. Events take on a surreal importance molded by our living experience of them. I guess we figure out, in the telling and retelling of our experience, how to fill in the blanks so that they suit our personal timeline. Already intricately woven […]

Bosnia Rumbles

Previously published on Medium on Friday, Feb 7th, 2014

Today Bosnia and her protests are in the news once again. Three days ago, rustic Tuzla in the northeast, was the scene of initially calm protesters gathering against corruption and unemployment in their home town. Last night, a map on Facebook, made it’s way through my feed. […]

Once, in Zepa

“…when Srebrenica fell, that automatically meant that Zepa would fall,” Palic said.
Death of a community, the fall of Zepa

The Serb army had just finished up their most recent killing spree in Srebrenica, as thousands – men, women, children, families and elders were fleeing for their lives from one village to another hoping […]

Bosnian Jewry

Amazing history found on this website . Stephanie Comfort is a collector of postcards and has one of the largest collections in the world, specifically relating to Jewish heritage. I am completely fascinated and will post a few pictures below of Balkan Jewish life.

Bosnian Jewess

I used this picture in one […]

A Story of Love

And for Valentine’s Day, I have the most beautiful story for you. Related by Gular Orgun, in a lovely little film by the same about her multi cultural family heritage. These kind of stories make my heart beat faster and with happiness, because I have always been proud of […]