—The Bosnian War allows for a fascinating glimpse
into trans and intergenerational studies. The rape victims (and
other war victims) themselves are first generation while the
children born during the war, either as a product of rape or
not, are caught in a poorly defined category as they are not
simply a second generation born after the war. They were
born during it and bear metaphorical wounds from it.
Regardless of their biological lineage, the children of Bosnia
are coming into a broken world. This ‘generation’ of warborn
babies can to a great degree fit into Susan Suleiman’s
description of the 1.5 generation. However, it does so only
loosely. Photographer Ziyah Gafić calls the children
“Generation Zero.” By presenting the lives of these young men
and women through photographs, Gafić gives his viewers a
chance to see for themselves and empathize with the stories
he is trying to tell. Several noted photography theorists,
including Marianne Hirsch, Susan Sontag, and W. J. T.
Mitchell shed light on how photography can be so influential.
—Bosnian war, ziyah gafic, 1.5 generation,
photography, generation zero.
Katelyn E. Giovannucci is with the Salem State University, USA (email:
Cite:Katelyn E. Giovannucci, "The Inter-Generation of the Bosnian War in Pictures," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 3, no. 5, pp. 476-479, 2013.