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“Human is tougher than stone”

An exhibition on the trauma and memory of wartime sexual violence, based on the stories from the volume “I want to be heard”

On December 17, 2021, at the Lapidary of the National Museum of Kosovo, the exhibition titled "Human is stronger than stone" was opened, authored by Brikena Shabani, a printmaking artist based in Pristina.
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© Patrik Domi - Prime Minister Office (Kosovo)

In the making of “Human is tougher than stone”, the author was closely involved with the testimonies of rape survivors, dealing with the textuality of the narration on a substantive, technical and aesthetic level, during the preparation of “I want to be heard” volume. In this engagement, the author faces the lived horror and sadness of many women during the last war in Kosovo. 

By preserving the narratives of rape and conceiving them with the element of cracked glass and broken stones, the clash of violence and the drama of inhumanity, destruction, disregard, loneliness, darkness and silence unfolds. Also, in secret we get exposed to fragments of hope and solidarity, as well as the inexhaustible demand for accountability and justice.

The exhibition opened with introductory remarks by the Prime Minister of the Republic of Kosovo, Mr. Albin Kurti, forumZFD program in Kosovo country director, Mr. Nehari Sharri, author of the exhibition, Brikena Shabani and Project manager, Mr. Korab Krasniqi.

“Human is tougher than stone” will be open until December 28, 2021.

The exhibition seeks at countering the collective culture of silence and stigma, and the masculine hegemony of memory, placing survivors of wartime sexual violence on the overall historical landscape and enabling platforms for articulating their stories and narrating their experiences.

This initiative was carried out in cooperation between the forumZFD program in Kosovo and the National Museum of Kosovo and was supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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