Articles, Interviews, Essays

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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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... 

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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...

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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...

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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”. 

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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...

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MUFTAH, 2016

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...

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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.

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EMEL, 2012

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.

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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.

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