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ŠTO TE NEMA / Aida Šehović

Serra dei Giardini - Thursday July 11th - 10:00 - 20:00

"ŠTO TE NEMA?" or "Why Are You Not Here?" is a nomadic monument unifying people from different cultures by asking them to remember those who were killed during the Srebrenica genocide. Travelling to a new location each year, the monument enables communities to commemorate the genocide collectively and in a public space on its anniversary. By creating a space for healing and coming together, the monument demonstrates that collectively, we have the agency to fight against oppression, violence and bigotry.


The monument consists of a growing collection of fildžani, small porcelain coffee cups continuously collected as donations from Bosnian families all over the world. The total number of fildžani roughly corresponds to the growing number of bodily remains found, identified and buried to date. Every July 11th, the public is invited to participate in the making of the monument by placing the cups on the ground and filling them with Bosnian coffee prepared on site throughout the day. Uniting survivors and everyone else directly or indirectly affected by genocide, ŠTO TE NEMA creates an inclusive space allowing us to confront the universal issues surrounding genocide by remembering, mourning, and healing together as a unified community.

The 14th annual iteration of the ŠTO TE NEMA nomadic monument is being organised in partnership with the artist Aida Šehović and the Auschwitz Institute for Peace and Reconciliation, with additional support from the Bosnian Cultural Association Stećak.

This year ŠTO TE NEMA will be held in Venice, where the artist Aida is also participating in an exhibition entitled Artivism: The Atrocity Prevention Pavilion. Please join us at the Serra dei Giardini on Thursday July 11th from 10:00 until 20:00. If you would like to be part of this year's edition, please click here. While everyone’s contribution makes a difference, a team of committed volunteers is essential to make the ŠTO TE NEMA monument possible in each new city every year. We rely on your involvement and couldn’t do it without you.

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Image credits: Ella Gazibara, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2009; Nedim Daul, Baščaršija, Sarajevo, 2006; Ibrahim Hadžić, Chicago, USA, 2017; Emir Šehanovic, Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2008.

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