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Stories of remembrance

Remembering refugees from the Yugoslav wars and building a peaceful and tolerant EU


The European photography project “Stories of Remembrance” aims to make citizens more aware of the fates and realities of refugees from former Yugoslavia and today’s refugees coming to Europe from different countries worldwide. The Yugoslav wars caused the biggest refugee crisis in Europe after WWII. More than a million people were displaced from their homes and many found a temporary or permanent home outside of their country’s borders. These displaced people left a trail of stories which can help us better understand the past and also the difficult fate of refugees today. 25 years have passed from the beginning of the Yugoslav wars and in this time a whole generation has come of age. Even in former Yugoslavian countries this war is a thing of the past and many of the lessons, which should have been learned, have been forgotten.

The photographic exhibition presents photographs of migrants during the Yugoslav wars and pictures of migrants today and shows works from European photographers Borut Krajnc (Slovenia), Florian Rainer (Austria), Istvan Bielik (Hungary) und Imre Szabó (Serbia), who accompanied these in different stages of their trail. It is thus a contribution to a peaceful future of Europe. It examines the past European mistakes and raises awareness of citizens. It reminds Europeans of the most recent war on its soil and the many refugees from this war that still live among us. It is supposed to be a contribution to a critical and considerate controversy around the ever so present theme of refugees in Europe. It aims to raise awareness of European citizens, who are more and more caught in the middle of nationalistic discourses around the allegedly “other”, that “threatens” Europe and show them individual realities of that so-called “other”.

The exhibition will be shown in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia and Slovakia and will be accompanied by round table talks with refugees, experts and journalists.



  • 18.05.2017

    Haus der Demokratie und Menschenrechte
    Greifswalder Str. 4
    10405 Berlin
    18.05.2017 18:30
    18.05.2017, 2017 19:30
    18.05-09.06.2017, 10:00-17:00

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  • 24.05.2017

    Fotogalerija Stolp
    Židovska ulica 6
    2000 Maribor
    24.05.2017 19:00
    24.05.2017, 2017 20:00 (Salon uporabnih umetnosti) – »Begunci in fotografija – kako fotografija sooblikuje javno mnenje?«
    24.05-31.05.2017, torek – petek: 16:00-18:00
  • 07.06.2017

    A cappella-Performance „Fluchtrouten“ von Irina Karamarkovic

    Werkstadt Graz / Galerie Grazy
    Sporgasse 16, hofseitig,
    8010 Graz,
    07.06.2017 18:30

Ein Volk kann nicht ohne Geschichte leben.

Helmut Kohl
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