Overview of 8372 cards memorial
Between 1991 and 1999 war broke out across the former Yugoslavia. Thousands of people were killed and many more were internally displaced or forcibly expelled from their countries. During 1995 in Srebrenica 8,372 mostly men and boys were systematically murdered and buried in mass graves. The victims, predominantly Muslim, were selected for death on the basis of their identity. This was the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War.
For this project 8372 business cards were printed, each one representing each of the men and boys killed during the srebrenica genocide. Business cards represent identity, status and the ability to make contact, many of those who died still remain missing.
Individually numbered with an automatic stamp each card retains an identity without being named. Volunteers were asked to participate in this process. Numbering is an important act for the piece of work, and conceptually represents the condemnation of each of the individual victims. This process engaged each volunteer to consider more deeply the events and actions of 23 years ago.
“I had a sense of the gravity of what happened whilst numbering the cards. The systematic rhythm of numbering and the sound was very reminiscent of gun fire.”
“It was a very moving experience that effected me deeply.”
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All of the cards will be exhibited in Oxford Town Hall from 8th to 11th July 2018. Then from the 11th July the cards will be uncovered and handed out within public spaces metaphorically exhuming each of the individuals and acknowledging their existence.
This will be an act of remembrance that will help to raise awareness and remind us all of the consequences of hate.
This project has been supported by Oxford City Council.