Articles, Interviews, Essays
In this context, Aida Šehović’s Family Album (Što Te Nema): Wall 6 and 7, 2018 stands out for its stark tonal difference. Along a corner wall, the artist has affixed two Self Adhesive Vinyl wallpaper rectangles, each over 10 feel long and containing a dense, uneven grid of yearbook-esque headshots of Muslim men killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian War. The implied intimacy of the work’s title is unsettling…
BROOKLYN RAIL, 2018
Though Aida Šehović’s Family Album (Što Te Nema): Wall 6 and 7(2018), a project on the 1995 Srebrenica massacre made in collaboration with the grassroots activists Women of Srebrenica, requires a written handout outlining the atrocity’s history, its form of a wallpapered photo installation of life-sized portraits is more effective than text alone at humanizing the thousands of Bosnian Muslim men who were murdered.
In 1988, art historian Kermit Champa showed his students a slide of Gustave Courbet‘s The Stone Breakers (1849), a painting annihilated—along with 25,000 lives—in the Allies’ three-day bombing of Dresden in 1945. Thirty years later, celebrated artist Paul Ramirez Jonas, a student in Champa’s lecture hall that day, used that linkage between human and aesthetic destruction as a launch point to curate this group exhibition.
NYFA CONVERSATIONS, 2018
ŠTO TE NEMA is a nomadic monument led by Aida Šehović that began as a one-time performance in 2006 and has since traveled across the U.S. and Europe to cities including Boston, New York, Stockholm, Geneva, and Istanbul. Each July 11, Šehović brings members of the public together to commemorate Srebrenica Memorial Day and participate in the project by placing fildžani...
Die Knaben und Männer, für die heute auf dem Helvetiaplatz Kaffee ausgeschenkt wird, kommen nicht zurück. «Što Te Nema» bedeutet auf Bosnisch «Wieso bist du nicht da». Das temporäre Denkmal besteht aus über 7500 bosnischen Kaffeetassen, «fildzani». Zusammen stehen sie für die über 8372 Knaben und Männer, die im Juli 1995 in Srebrenica umgebracht wurden.
BALKAN DISKURS, 2018
Banja Luka native Aida Šehović was hit by war when she was just 15 years old. To escape the realities of conflict, her family first fled to nearby Turkey, then to Germany, and, finally, to the United States. Now, Aida has made it her mission to use art as a means to commemorate the victims of genocide and to educate citizens worldwide about the consequences of war.
AARGAUER ZETUNG, 2018
In Zürich war es Ismeta Curkić, Botschafterin der Wohltätigkeitsorganisation «La Terra Nostra», die «Što Te Nema» auf den Helvetiaplatz holte. Dank privater und institutioneller Spenden sowie Crowdfunding, konnte das Projekt fi nanziert werden. «Es war uns wichtig, verschiedene Gruppen in das Projekt einzubinden. Muslime, Orthodoxe, Juden, Christen...
"Beskrupulozno blaćenje žrtava genocida predstavlja novu dimenziju tog zločina, koje, što je najgore, kako godine prolaze, ne blijedi, ne gubi svoju težinu, nego se u riječima političara i javnih osoba perpetuira i prenosi javno i glasno na buduće generacije", kaže za BUKU Nada i dodaje da su...
Mit Mit dem wandernden Denkmal «Warum bist du nicht da?» soll an den Genozid in Srebrenica (Bosnien und Herzegowina) erinnert und somit ein Zeichen gegen Verdrängung, Unterdrückung und Gewalt gesetzt werden. Das Denkmal besteht zurzeit aus rund 7000 bosnischen Kaffeetassen, «Fildžan», und wird dieses Jahr durch weitere Spenden von Tassen erweitert.
90 DAYS/90 VOICES, 2017
At its heart, ŠTO TE NEMA is about the physical rituals of loss, remembrance, and healing. Anyone who passes by is invited to assist in the assembly of 8,372 delicate fildžani — small porcelain coffee cups donated by Bosnian families around the world — that are then filled with strong Bosnian coffee.
BALKAN INSIGHT, 2017
Every year on July 11, Aida Šehović and her team of volunteers pour coffee into thousands of small ceramic cups and lines them up on a city square somewhere in the world. But the people that the coffee was made for never show up to drink it. Some of them are being buried that day at the memorial centre in Srebrenica...
AL JAZEERA BALKANS, 2017
Običaj da se gotovo u svakoj bosanskohercegovačkoj kući ostavlja fildžan viška star je, otprilike, koliko je staro i ispijanje kave iz fildžana - malih šalica bez drške, karakterističnih za ovo podneblje. Taj se običaj vezuje uz tradicionalno gostoprimstvo Bosanaca i Hercegovaca...
HUFFINGTON POST, 2016
For most, the Srebrenica Genocide has become a footnote in history once again linking horrific crimes against fellow man that many thought could “Never Again” occur after the horrors of the Holocaust, particularly on the same continent, Europe. For me, it is still a responsibility to demand...
WORLD PEACE FOUNDATION, 2016
The Srebrenica memorial installation forms over the space of several hours, beginning with coffee poured into one of the small porcelain cups, fildžani, in which it is typically served across the former Yugoslavia. The installation grows over the course of the day, one cup for each person killed at Srebrenica, placed into...
Amid the torrent of global tragedies that have dominated headlines in recent months, a particularly tragic and important anniversary seems to have gone unnoticed by many. July 11th marked the 21st anniversary of the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II: the genocide in Srebrenica. In July of 1995, five months before...
POLITICS RECONSIDERED, 2015
"Što Te Nema?" attracts not only Bosniaks, but Bosnians of all ethnic backgrounds and genocide survivors. This year all collaborated on the project that the artist called an ‘antidote to genocide’ because it remembers though building community and collaboration. It is site of transnational cultural production...
THE GLOBE AND MAIL, 2014
Bosnian coffee will be poured into thousands of small porcelain cups placed together on the ground at Dundas Square Saturday. They will remain full, however, because the people whom they are meant for won't be there to drink them. The Toronto Bosnian community will commemorate the Srebrenica genocide with...
NATIONALISM AND ETHNIC POLITICS, 2014
This article examines diaspora mobilization through transnational cultural production within Bosnian diaspora communities in Sweden and the United States in response to genocide.
BURLINGTON FREE PRESS, 2013
White as snow and barely bigger than a thimble, the Bosnian coffee cup represents more than just a porcelain container for a stiff, caffeinated drink. It brings Bosnians together to talk, to enjoy life, to keep the bonds of family and friendship strong....
NOVO VRIJEME, 2013
Findžan i kahva simbol su, između ostalog, bosanskog gostoprimstva, sabura i dobrote. U Bosni postoji nepisano pravilo da se prilikom pravljenja kahve postavi i taj “findžan viška”, ukoliko neko u međuvremenu “navrati”.
It is said that the tradition of serving and sharing cups of coffees with visitors has been passed down from the Bedouins of Arabia. We see it all the in the time in a consumer sense, but it has managed to retain its traditional meaning in Bosnia.
RADIKAL HAYAT, 2012
Türkçesi “Niye yoksun?” olan “Şto Te Nema?” projesi kapsamında katliamı unutmadıklarını gösteren Genç Boşnaklar, soykırımda hayatını kaybeden her bir Srebrenitsalıyı temsil eden dört bine yakın fincanı Taksim Meydanı’na koydu. Ziyaretçiler, gün boyunca meydanda kalan fincanlara...
BURLINGTON FREE PRESS, 2011
Enver Šehović watched Sunday from the steps of Burlington's City Hall as passers-by poured coffee into hundreds of white, porcelain cups arranged on the brick promenade. His daughter conceived the memorial to honor the 8,372 Muslim men and boys systematically killed 16 years ago in Srebrenica...
SEVEN DAYS, 2011
In Bosnian culture, drinking coffee isn't done mindlessly, on the go or during other activities, such as reading the newspaper or checking email. To Bosnian Muslims, the act of sitting down to drink a cup of coffee is a deliberate, shared and intimate activity that usually involves family or close personal friends.