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Ziyah Gafić:
Everyday objects, tragic histories

TED2014 · 4:32 · Filmed Mar 2014
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Ziyah Gafić: Everyday objects, tragic histories
4:32 · Filmed March 2014 at TED2014 · Subtitles available in 27 languages

Ziyah Gafić photographs everyday objects—watches, shoes, glasses. But these images are deceptively simple; the items in them have been exhumed from the mass graves of the Bosnian War. Gafić, a TED Fellow and Sarajevo native, is photographing every item from these graves in order to create a living archive of the identities of those lost. 

Photographer + storyteller
To help him come to terms with the tragedy of his own homeland, Bosnian photographer Ziyah Gafić turns his camera on the aftermath of conflict, showing his images in galleries, in books and on Instagram. Full bio
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