Krese's Srebrenica widows on show in Trieste

Trieste, 24 November - Slovenian photographer Meta Krese has documented the stories of Srebrenica widows in an exhibition that will open in the Miela theatre in Trieste tonight as part of a series of events held by the Trieste-based Slovenian Club in Trieste, Gorizia and Udine.

Photographer Meta Krese.
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The project dubbed Ritorni/Vračanja: Time of War, Time of Peace aims to give the ethnic Slovenian minority an insight into contemporary Slovenian cultural production.

The exhibition Waiting in Vain portrays widows who in the wake of the 1993 Srebrenica genocide took shelter in refugee centres that were mostly cut off from urban centres. Many of them, their children and now grandchildren still live there.

Krese's exhibition invites the visitors to also consider the plight of today's refugees, more than 80 million of displaced persons, the Slovenian Club said in a press release ahead of the show.

Apart from Meta Krese, a photographer and journalist, tonight's opening will also feature literary historian Marija Mitrović and photographer Jošt Franko.

The event will also pay tribute to Marko Sosič, the late Trieste writer who had close ties to Bosnia and Herzegovina. His short story Down to the Last Name (Fino all'ultimo nome), which has been released in a bilingual edition by the Slovenian Club, will be also be presented.

The proceeds from book, the catalogue and the exhibition will be donated to the organisation Snage Žene, which dedicates its work to Srebrenica women.

The Ritorni/Vračanja project will feature several other events, including a guest appearance by writer and director Goran Vojnović at the Trieste Cultural Home on 30 November.

He will present his latest novel Đorđić se Vrača (Đorđić Returns), a sequel to his bestselling debut novel Čefurji Raus!.

His feature film Once Were Humans, a story about migrants on the Italian-Slovenian border, inspired by Mele e negri by Tommaso Santi, will be screened at Kinemax cinema in Gorizia and Ariston cinema in Trieste on 6 December and 14 December.

The project is funded by the Italian province of Friuli Venezia Giulia and the Government Office for Slovenian Abroad, involving many partners from both sides of the border.

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