GREY SKIES BLACK BIRDS
26 September 2016

GREY SKIES BLACK BIRDS

December 14th 2015 marked the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Dayton Agreement, the treaty that brought an end to the Bosnian War. This long-term project aims to give a face to the cities and landscapes whose names are familiar in the collective memory. GREY SKIES BLACK BIRDS also presents the faces of the country itself, examining the impact of the post-war situation on the individuals born before, during and after the conflict.

The photographs were taken between 2013 and 2015 in Bosnia and Herzegovina. They show rural and urban landscapes bearing the traces and echoes, both obvious and hidden, of a troubled and somber history. Many of the landscape are presented as diptychs, the gaps between the pairs of images echoing the political, ethnic and religious divisions of the country. The portraits suggest a mixture of hope and disillusionment whilst overcoming a difficult past.

‘Despite of the extraordinary beauty of the region, a feeling of fear and mistrust towards scenery made us photograph the landscapes from a distance. How to trust the soil, knowing what it could hide and what, we sadly still discover today? Twenty years have passed but the country, which is so close but yet so far away, still seems convalescent. Passing through a long and painful period of transition, it tries to find the balance that could permanently heal its wounds.’ Stéphanie Borcard and Nicolas Métraux

GREY SKIES BLACK BIRDS has been published as a trilingual monograph (EN/DE/FR) with texts by Saša Stanišić, Srećko Latal and Christian Caujolle.
Published by GOST Books, London.

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Silhouette I - Bare silhouettes I Srebrenica, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Bajramovići - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.104428,19.278875&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Silhouette I)</A>

Silhouette I – Bare silhouettes I
Srebrenica, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Bajramovići – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Silhouette I)

Ibro - Ibro, 22 years old Near Srebrenica, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Brakovci - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.113333,19.218612&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Ibro)</A>

Ibro – Ibro, 22 years old
Near Srebrenica, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Brakovci – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Ibro)

As Night Falls - Night falls over the wooded hills surrounding Srebrenica.  Eastern Bosnia, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

As Night Falls – Night falls over the wooded hills surrounding Srebrenica.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

As Night Falls - Night falls over the wooded hills surrounding Srebrenica.  Eastern Bosnia, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Bajramovići - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.105423,19.275937&z=16" target="_blank">(Map As Night Falls)</A>

As Night Falls – Night falls over the wooded hills surrounding Srebrenica.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Bajramovići – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map As Night Falls)

The Pass - At a pass and former strategic point, on the road from Sarajevo to Goražde. Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Goražde - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.71477,18.876377&z=16" target="_blank">(Map The Pass)</A>

The Pass – At a pass and former strategic point, on the road from Sarajevo to Goražde.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Goražde – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map The Pass)

The Pass - At a pass and former strategic point, on the road from Sarajevo to Goražde. Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Goražde - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.71477,18.876377&z=16" target="_blank">(Map The Pass)</A>

The Pass – At a pass and former strategic point, on the road from Sarajevo to Goražde.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Goražde – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map The Pass)

UN Container - The role of the UN forces during the conflict (1992-1995) remains a very controversial issue for the local population. Zenica, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Zenica - Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina - Bosnia and Herzegovina - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.1375,17.929445&z=16" target="_blank">(Map UN Container)</A>

UN Container – The role of the UN forces during the conflict (1992-1995) remains a very controversial issue for the local population.
Zenica, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Zenica – Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina – Bosnia and Herzegovina – (Map UN Container)

Han Pijesak - During the war, this area was used as the headquarters of General Ratko Mladić. Han Pijesak, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Han-Pijesak - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.080737,18.953242&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Han Pijesak)</A>

Han Pijesak – During the war, this area was used as the headquarters of General Ratko Mladić.
Han Pijesak, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Han-Pijesak – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Han Pijesak)

Han Pijesak - During the war, this area was used as the headquarters of General Ratko Mladić. Han Pijesak, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Han-Pijesak - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.080892,18.95324&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Han Pijesak)</A>

Han Pijesak – During the war, this area was used as the headquarters of General Ratko Mladić.
Han Pijesak, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Han-Pijesak – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Han Pijesak)

On their way home - On their way home. Near Šipovo, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Vodica - Republika Srpska - Bosnia and Herzegovina - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.110117,17.174867&z=16" target="_blank">(Map On their way home)</A>

On their way home – On their way home.
Near Šipovo, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Vodica – Republika Srpska – Bosnia and Herzegovina – (Map On their way home)

Meša - Meša, 23 years old Srebrenica, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Meša – Meša, 23 years old
Srebrenica, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Overgrown Stairs - It has been a long time, yet still no one returned. Near Srebrenica, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Bostahovine - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.124592,19.187795&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Overgrown Stairs)</A>

Overgrown Stairs – It has been a long time, yet still no one returned.
Near Srebrenica, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Bostahovine – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Overgrown Stairs)

Goats pass by - Myths and legends are still very entrenched in the minds of the rural population. Somedays, the location of a mass grave is revealed to the people through mysterious whispers during the night. Near Pale, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Pale - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.72727,18.838053&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Goats pass by)</A>

Goats pass by – Myths and legends are still very entrenched in the minds of the rural population. Somedays, the location of a mass grave is revealed to the people through mysterious whispers during the night.
Near Pale, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Pale – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Goats pass by)

Sarajevo - Devastated houses alongside newly built housing. Sarajevo, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Sarajevo - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.837225,18.321445&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Sarajevo)</A>

Sarajevo – Devastated houses alongside newly built housing.
Sarajevo, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Sarajevo – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Sarajevo)

Samra - Samra, 23 years old Tuzla, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Samra – Samra, 23 years old
Tuzla, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Grey Skies Black Birds - Dark clouds above. A flock of birds fly overhead.  Sarajevo, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Grey Skies Black Birds – Dark clouds above. A flock of birds fly overhead.
Sarajevo, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Graffiti on Schoolwall - Graffiti on the walls of a classroom. In the schoolyard, a high fence divides the Bosniak students from the Croatian ones. Travnik, April 2014 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Travnik - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.22532,17.66233&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Graffiti on Schoolwall)</A>

Graffiti on Schoolwall – Graffiti on the walls of a classroom. In the schoolyard, a high fence divides the Bosniak students from the Croatian ones.
Travnik, April 2014 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Travnik – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Graffiti on Schoolwall)

Adis - Adis, 28 years old Tuzla, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Adis – Adis, 28 years old
Tuzla, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Firewood - Firewood collected and weighed down in the snow. Kupres, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Kupres - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnia and Herzegovina - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.90782,17.202235&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Firewood)</A>

Firewood – Firewood collected and weighed down in the snow.
Kupres, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Kupres – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnia and Herzegovina – (Map Firewood)

Klinje lake - Wintry scene on the banks of the Klinje Lake. Gacko, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Gacko - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.19694,18.570663&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Klinje lake)</A>

Klinje lake – Wintry scene on the banks of the Klinje Lake.
Gacko, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Gacko – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Klinje lake)

Gacko - The small town of Gacko covered by snow. Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Gacko - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.162067,18.55154&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Gacko)</A>

Gacko – The small town of Gacko covered by snow.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Gacko – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Gacko)

Gacko - The small town of Gacko covered by snow. Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Gacko - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.16206,18.551547&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Gacko)</A>

Gacko – The small town of Gacko covered by snow.
Eastern Bosnia, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Gacko – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Gacko)

Melancholia - It is cold and all feels melancholy. Near Trnovo, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Trnovo - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.633247,18.456915&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Melancholia)</A>

Melancholia – It is cold and all feels melancholy.
Near Trnovo, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Trnovo – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Melancholia)

Elma - Elma, 23 years old Tešanj, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Elma – Elma, 23 years old
Tešanj, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Night train - Due to a serious lack of opportunity, many young people chose to leave their country and start a new life abroad. Živinice, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Višća Donja - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.42521,18.637932&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Night train)</A>

Night train – Due to a serious lack of opportunity, many young people chose to leave their country and start a new life abroad.
Živinice, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Višća Donja – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Night train)

Azra - Azra, 25 years old Osmaci, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Osmaci - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.408883,18.968567&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Azra)</A>

Azra – Azra, 25 years old
Osmaci, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Osmaci – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Azra)

Twigs in the snow - Twigs piercing the last of the winter’s snow. Kupres, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Kupres - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnia and Herzegovina - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.984333,17.272805&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Twigs in the snow)</A>

Twigs in the snow – Twigs piercing the last of the winter’s snow.
Kupres, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Kupres – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnia and Herzegovina – (Map Twigs in the snow)

In the silent immensity of the plains - In the silent immensity of the plains. Once raging battles took place here. Kupres, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Kupres - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnia and Herzegovina - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.042407,17.21609&z=16" target="_blank">(Map In the silent immensity of the plains)</A>

In the silent immensity of the plains – In the silent immensity of the plains. Once raging battles took place here.
Kupres, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Kupres – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnia and Herzegovina – (Map In the silent immensity of the plains)

Last snow of the year in Bosnia - The last snow of the season covers the scrubland of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Near Neum, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Trebinje - Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina - Bosnie-Herzégovine -

Last snow of the year in Bosnia – The last snow of the season covers the scrubland of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Near Neum, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Trebinje – Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina – Bosnie-Herzégovine –

Last snow of the year in Bosnia - The last snow of the season covers the scrubland of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina. Near Neum, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Trebinje - Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina - Bosnie-Herzégovine -

Last snow of the year in Bosnia – The last snow of the season covers the scrubland of southern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Near Neum, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Trebinje – Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina – Bosnie-Herzégovine –

Pale - Construction of an Orthodox church and new buildings in the city centre. Pale, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Pale - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.812795,18.574118&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Pale)</A>

Pale – Construction of an Orthodox church and new buildings in the city centre.
Pale, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Pale – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Pale)

General Ratko Mladić - Giant portrait of General Ratko Mladić painted on a building. Considered as a hero by some, Mladić is now being tried for war crimes at The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands. Gacko, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Gacko - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.162688,18.542123&z=16" target="_blank">(Map General Ratko Mladić)</A>

General Ratko Mladić – Giant portrait of General Ratko Mladić painted on a building. Considered as a hero by some, Mladić is now being tried for war crimes at The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, Netherlands.
Gacko, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Gacko – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map General Ratko Mladić)

Elma - Elma, 20 years old Tuzla, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Elma – Elma, 20 years old
Tuzla, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Hotelroom - The country’s youth are under immense pressure to fit in to the established ethnic and religious models of the country. Zenica, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Hotelroom – The country’s youth are under immense pressure to fit in to the established ethnic and religious models of the country.
Zenica, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Drina - Branches floating in the deep waters of the Drina. The river defines much of the border between Bosnia and Serbia. Near Goražde, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Novo Goražde - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.687222,19.09615&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Drina)</A>

Drina – Branches floating in the deep waters of the Drina. The river defines much of the border between Bosnia and Serbia.
Near Goražde, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Novo Goražde – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Drina)

Goražde - A new dawns along the banks of the Drina River. Goražde, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Goražde - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.665843,18.973765&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Goražde)</A>

Goražde – A new dawns along the banks of the Drina River.
Goražde, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Goražde – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Goražde)

Sutjeska Memorial - Monument commemorating the Battle of Sutjeska, which took place during World War II. Many Bosnians still feel nostalgic towards Tito's reign. Tjentište, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tjentište - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.345762,18.68631&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Sutjeska Memorial)</A>

Sutjeska Memorial – Monument commemorating the Battle of Sutjeska, which took place during World War II. Many Bosnians still feel nostalgic towards Tito’s reign.
Tjentište, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tjentište – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Sutjeska Memorial)

Hong Kong - A photographic cityscape of Hong Kong printed on a tarpaulin is an aspirational note in the city. Sarajevo, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Sarajevo - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.860608,18.401302&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Hong Kong)</A>

Hong Kong – A photographic cityscape of Hong Kong printed on a tarpaulin is an aspirational note in the city.
Sarajevo, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Sarajevo – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Hong Kong)

Eldar - Eldar, 26 years old Tuzla, March 2015 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Eldar – Eldar, 26 years old
Tuzla, March 2015 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Madame Vigée-Lebrun und ihre Tochter - Madame Vigée-Lebrun and Her Daughter Printed on a chocolate box, the reproduction has been carefully cut out for display. Srebrenik, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Madame Vigée-Lebrun und ihre Tochter – Madame Vigée-Lebrun and Her Daughter Printed on a chocolate box, the reproduction has been carefully cut out for display.
Srebrenik, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Sarajevo cityscape - Cityscape from the roof terrace of the Awaz tower, the tallest building in the country. Sarajevo, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Sarajevo cityscape – Cityscape from the roof terrace of the Awaz tower, the tallest building in the country.
Sarajevo, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Sarajevo cityscape - Cityscape from the roof terrace of the Awaz tower, the tallest building in the country. Sarajevo, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Sarajevo cityscape – Cityscape from the roof terrace of the Awaz tower, the tallest building in the country.
Sarajevo, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Mass grave of Tomasica - In October 2013, one of the largest mass graves of the Bosnian War was discovered by the ICMP (International Commission of Missing Persons) near the village of Tomašica. In November 2013, 430 human remains had been exhumed from the site. Western Bosnia, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tomašica - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.857583,16.79803&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Mass grave of Tomasica)</A>

Mass grave of Tomasica – In October 2013, one of the largest mass graves of the Bosnian War was discovered by the ICMP (International Commission of Missing Persons) near the village of Tomašica. In November 2013, 430 human remains had been exhumed from the site.
Western Bosnia, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tomašica – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Mass grave of Tomasica)

Mass grave of Tomasica - In October 2013, one of the largest mass graves of the Bosnian War was discovered by the ICMP (International Commission of Missing Persons) near the village of Tomašica. In November 2013, 430 human remains had been exhumed from the site. Western Bosnia, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tomašica - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.857583,16.798032&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Mass grave of Tomasica)</A>

Mass grave of Tomasica – In October 2013, one of the largest mass graves of the Bosnian War was discovered by the ICMP (International Commission of Missing Persons) near the village of Tomašica. In November 2013, 430 human remains had been exhumed from the site.
Western Bosnia, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tomašica – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Mass grave of Tomasica)

Mass grave of Tomasica - This photograph cannot convey the incessant noise of the digging machines. The mass grave is located just behind us. Near Tomašica, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tomašica - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.856672,16.79814&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Mass grave of Tomasica)</A>

Mass grave of Tomasica – This photograph cannot convey the incessant noise of the digging machines. The mass grave is located just behind us.
Near Tomašica, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tomašica – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Mass grave of Tomasica)

Mass grave of Tomasica - This photograph cannot convey the incessant noise of the digging machines. The mass grave is located just behind us. Near Tomašica, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tomašica - Republika Srpska - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.856672,16.79814&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Mass grave of Tomasica)</A>

Mass grave of Tomasica – This photograph cannot convey the incessant noise of the digging machines. The mass grave is located just behind us.
Near Tomašica, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tomašica – Republika Srpska – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Mass grave of Tomasica)

Still life - Still life with apple, oranges and pomegranate.  Mostar, in November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux -

Still life – Still life with apple, oranges and pomegranate.
Mostar, in November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux –

Jasmina - Jasmina, 32 years old Tuzla, November 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tuzla - Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=44.532013,18.697262&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Jasmina)</A>

Jasmina – Jasmina, 32 years old
Tuzla, November 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tuzla – Federacija Bosne i Hercegovine – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Jasmina)

Blossoming tree - Tree in blossom in the Neretva valley. Near Mostar, March 2013 - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Grad Mostar - Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina - Bosnie-Herzégovine - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=43.431707,17.863465&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Blossoming tree)</A>

Blossoming tree – Tree in blossom in the Neretva valley.
Near Mostar, March 2013 – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Grad Mostar – Federacija Bosna i Hercegovina – Bosnie-Herzégovine – (Map Blossoming tree)