2015 Emerging Photography Contender: Nicholas Constant

For Firn, London-based photographer Nicholas Constant paints a sobering and reflective portrait of post-war Bosnia, revealing its landscape in haunting images that acknowledge the wounds of the past while looking forward to an uncertain future. 

Lake Perućac - Mass Grave

Lake Perućac - Mass Grave

Writes Constant in his Artist Statement, “Bosnia is split into two entities, Republika Srpska, the Serb entity, and the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Bosniak and Croat entity. Each with their own presidency and government as well as a collective presidency for the whole of Bosnia consisting of one member from each ethnicity. This divide highlights Bosnia’s struggle with multiculturalism which is then emphasized by the Republika Srpska’s call for independence.”

Srebrenica - UN Headquarters

Srebrenica - UN Headquarters

“By photographing select scenes in both entities of Bosnia, I want to explore the evidence of war to show how this country has progressed little from its initial post-war state. By turning the camera away from the people and current happenings, I will photograph slow, quiet imagery, mimicking Bosnia’s slow and quiet progression since the war. I have photographed places of importance to the war to achieve a quiet contrast between beauty and horror.”

Sarajevo - Local Graveyard

Sarajevo - Local Graveyard

All images © Nicholas Constant

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