Odavle samo u harem

In memoriam Abdulah Boškailo


Project Statement

Počitelj, ‘the city of stone’ - as named by the Yugoslav writer Ivo Andrić -  is a small village in Herzegovina located just close by the Neretva river.
During the 90's war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the HVO armed groups forced its inhabitants to flee their homes, committing a real ethnic cleansing with systematic killings and deportations to concentration camps.
Twenty years after the end of those atrocities, only a small fraction of the population came back to live in Počitelj and to devote themselves again to what has always been their main source of subsistence: the land.

“Odavle samo u harem“ - which literally means "From here only to the cemetery” - will be the testimony of the ancestral bond between the village and those who belong to it, the sons and daughters of Počitelj.