I went out to Slovenia in July, earlier than the others coming out to join me for our walk over the mountains. The aim was to do more research. I had some lucky breaks, my cousin found Dad’s diaries written when he was 16 and fighting the Communists, just after he had buried his brother. … More Research into the family history and our land
Georgia O Keeffe- Black Place III 1944 I haven’t been a huge fan of Georgia O’Keeffe, but I found her exhibition at the Tate Modern surprisingly inspiring for my projects- “the death of Hope” and “My father’s land” I have been struggling with trying to find a way of representing my father’s experience of the … More Georgia O’Keefe exhibition brings inspiration for my projects
These photos were taken on the eve of All Saints’ day 2015 in Žale cemetery, Ljubljana. The tradition is to spend two nights honouring the dead. All the cemeteries are lit up from the candles. These photos are taken of the remembrances from the civil war and Second World War in Yugoslavia. The first is for … More Rest dignified on sacred ground my brother and together we will find the path to the blessing of reconciliation
The route that was taken by the Slovenian Home Guard and civilians in May 1945, to surrender to the British in Austria at the end of the Second World War and civil war in Yugoslavia. They surrendered to the British believing that they would treat them more humanely than the Communists. The British sent them … More Commemorative walk over the Karavanke mountains
The quote in the title has been taken from a poem by Jože Snoj, see later for full reference to the poem. The poem is about a rubbish dump, but I think these words sum up the subject of my photograph. The photograph was taken in Teharje, Slovenia. This is the site where many bodies … More “..and now we are speechless among cast off things.” “..in zdaj smo brez besed med zavrženimi stvarmi”
For about a year now, I have been trying to interview my Dad about the civil war in Yugoslavia during the second world war, and why he was a refugee. He has never wanted to talk about it. But now he is dying, I am desperately trying to get him to talk. I visit at … More Still shocked by conversations with my father.
Yesterday, I completed the second of two public speaking engagements. One in Birmingham and the other in London at Fertility Fest http://www.fertilityfest.com A festival looking at assisted reproduction and creative responses to the experience. I was showing my work “Photos I’ll never take” and speaking alongside Katie Barlow and Jodie Day, at the dour sounding … More Finished my first two public speaking engagements
At the end of the second world war, my father left Yugoslavia, along with many thousands of other nationals. The Yugoslav Communists (Partisans) had won the civil war in the country and the fight against the Germans. All those who had fought the Communists tried to leave before they were captured by the Communists. They … More First and second walk to freedom
I will be a Guest Speaker in Fertility Fest talking about my projects “Photos I’ll never take” and “The death of hope” on these dates and venues: Birmingham … More Exhibition details. Fertility Fest
Just found my Dad’s ID cards, from when he was an Asylum seeker after the second world war.