Stone Speaker

Stone Speaker presents the long forgotten and decaying medieval tombstones, the only physical remains of man-made Bosnia before it’s imperial subjugations, first to Ottoman and then to Austro-Hungarian Empire. A few centuries of dense history have passed, the centuries filled with imperial conquests, world wars, local wars and nationalistic awakening of different ethnic groups, severing the links between the medieval dead and today’s Bosnian historical imagination.
The project is collaboration with Toronto’s York University professor Amila Buturovic. As discussed in her book Stone Speaker these cemeteries have been naturalized by landscape and remain only witnesses, however silent, to the lost world to which many contemporary Bosnians have very uncertain relationship. 

After five years of research and travel all over Bosnia and Herzegovina this project found home in professor Buturovic' book Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory published by Routledge in 2015.

For more photographs and details about research and travel please visit Stone Speaker Travelogue.

Installation view, National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Fatnica, Bileća

Malo Polje, Blagaj

Rostovo, Novi Travnik

Installation view, Ismaili Center, Toronto

Vrbica, Čelebići kod Foče

Šišići, Trnovo

Installation view, National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo

Installation view, Ismaili Center, Toronto

Book spread, Carved in Stone, Etched in Memory

Fatnica, Bileća