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Serbia: Commemorating genocide in Srebrenica

Friday 9 July 2010, by siawi2

Source: Zene u crnom

Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Action in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica

“One pair of shoes - one life”

in solidarity

Women in Black

Programme of events

PEACE MARCH, July 8-10, 2010

- organised departure from Belgrade, with a few vans on July, 8th 2010 at 3 a.m.

- arrival in Tuzla, around 6 a.m.

- beginning of the march in Nezuk (near Tuzla) towards Srebrenica, on the same day at 7 a.m.

- the march will last 3 days; people will walk slightly more than 30km daily; sleeping and dinner are in determined locations, in tents

- the return from the march and arrival in Srebenica is on July, 10th in the evening; sleeping in Srebrenica in houses

- attendance at the burial and commemoration in Potočari, on July, 11th 2010 at 10 a.m.

- return to Belgrade on the same day in the afternoon


Belgrade, Republic Square, July, 10th, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

- protest vigil in black, on July, 10th, 2010, on Republic Square in Belgrade, from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

- organised departure by coach from Belgrade to Srebrenica, at 1 a.m., on July, 11th, 2010

- attendance at the burial and commemoration for the victims of the genocide in Potočari, at 10 a.m., on the same day

- return to Belgrade, by van and coach, on July, 11th, in the afternoon

Action in commemoration of the 15th anniversary of genocide in Srebrenica

“One pair of shoes - one life”

An artistic-activist initiative — the first phase of a campaign with the goal of building a permanent memorial in Belgrade, a memorial to the victims of genocide in Srebrenica.

The action is inspired by an international initiative participated in by Srebrenica’s women. We have organized this action, tailored to our political and ethical context, precisely because of this participation and our wish to express solidarity with the women of Srebrenica. The action is participatory and directed at the citizens of Serbia, who are expected to construct a permanent memorial, themselves that will express solidarity and responsibility towards the victims.

We invite citizens of Serbia to donate a pair of shoes along with a message intended for the families of the victims of the genocide. With each donation it is necessary to record your name or the name of the person who is donating the shoes. The names of those who have donated shoes and their messages will be preserved in a written record, with the intention of being transferred to a plaque with the building of a memorial.

Participation in the action is articulated on several levels with the donation of shoes. Contributing shoes signifies acceptance of the fact that genocide occurred in Srebrenica, and coming to Knez Mihajlova Street and personally presenting shoes represents an expression of mourning, compassion, and solidarity with those killed in the genocide and our wish to share responsibility with our fellow citizens. The action does not end here, but rather will be continued through the gathering of signatures in support of a permanent monument to those killed in the Srebrenica genocide, consisting of 8,372 pairs of shoes, at a yet-to-be-determined location in Belgrade.

The action will take place on July 7, 2010, on Knez Mihajlova Street in Belgrade, from 6:00 - 8:00pm. The action will involve presenting the collected shoes along Knez Mihajlova Street, within an area of about 200m x 4m. This space is intended for the allocation of 8,372 pairs of shoes, a number which corresponds to the official number of people killed in the genocide.

Donated shoes should be brought to the Center for Cultural Decontamination (Centar za kulturnu dekontaminaciju), Birčaninova 21 in Belgrade from July 1-6 (12:00 - 8:00pm). If you decide to participate in the action, shoes (along with your name and message) may also be brought directly to Knez Mihajlova before the beginning of the action at 6:00pm on July 7.

We also invite you to join us in participating in the “Peace March: The path of death to freedom”, which will begin in Nezuk (near Tuzla) on July 8 at 7:00am and end at the commemoration in Potočari on July 11. Registration for the march as well as participation in the commemoration can be sent via email to WiB at: zeneucrnom boP, until July 1, 2010.

Initiators of this action are: Ana Vilenica, performer; Biljana Rakočević, photographer; Branimir Stojanović, psychoanalyst; Center for Cultural Decontamination; Dah Theater; Art-Klinike; Milica Tomić, artist; Saša Stojanović, artist; Škart and Women in Black.


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