Hiraeth' is a homesickness for a home to which you cannot return or a home which maybe never was. The nostalgia, the yearning, the grief for the lost places of your past. The project explores the breakup of Yugoslavia and the subsequent Bosnian War from the point of view of a single village, following a family archives alongside the remains of physical structures. As the site itself is still largely littered with mines, access was limited. Much like the villagers themselves during the war, I only had a day to gather everything from the village.
The narrative for 'Hiraeth' is pieced together from the remains of the lived space, the family archive and oral history gathered during a year of research. By introducing the archive and personal histories a temporal shift occurs where new possibilities arise for perceived truth. The final result was exhibited as part of the London Urban Photo Fest 2016.