2023 — Bosnia and Herzegovina
About this series
“A Country Ain’t Too Much To Love” explores life in today’s post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina thereby focusing on a young generation whose only link to the conflict is through the memory of others as well as through the still visible alterations left behind in their surroundings. Almost three decades after the end of the war, facades covered with bullet holes, land mines and contaminated soil as well as a policy of ethno-political segregation are silent reminders of the past and reinforce the notion of a divided country. The heritage of the youth is inseparably connected to the past. The ease which youth brings along is yet shattered by the trauma of past events, thereby it is also becoming a symbol for the struggles of the country’s future.
Carlo Lombardi (Italy) and Miriam Stanke (Germany) are working as an artist collective. Having collaborated on a few projects so far, they have developed a shared photographic practice in which they often explore the territory through the stories of the local community, the examination of landscape and traces of human presence left behind. Both of them work mainly on long-term projects using a multidisciplinary approach that combines analog photography with archive material, video, text and sound. Carlo is interested in exploring the role of photography in creating memories while Miriam’s work often deals with the notion of ethnic and cultural identity in the current times.