Ziyah Gafic | Paradise Lost

Country of origin: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Project location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Program: Magnum Foundation Fund
Year: 2016

“Paradise Lost” is a long and tedious journey through my war-ravage homeland. It has been twenty years since the war ended. But peace can’t simply be the absence of violence. Bosnia is locked in a self-perpetuating cycle of ethnopolitics, ruled by ethnic elites and rapidly devastated in suspicious privatization of public companies. The state is so weakened by nepotism and systemic corruption that it may as well qualify as a failed state. Yet, common people manage to maintain their lives even with the very fabric of society being torn apart and while missing Bosnians are still being exhumed from mass graves.