Steve Horn’s exhibition “Pictures Without Borders, Bosnia Revisited” will be featured at the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington D.C. from May 8 to June 30. He will give a slide show and talk at the opening reception on Thursday, May 8.
Horn’s exhibit, a combination of photographs and text panels from his book of the same name, was developed with the support of the Religion, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Initiative at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Horn is a resident of Lopez Island.
It was on display in their Schatten Gallery in September and October of 2007. The Bosnian Ambassador saw the show on its last day, and, moved by Horn’s images and writing, expressed an interest in having the show travel to the Embassy in Washington.
Following Emory, the exhibit was on display at the Robert Frost Library at Amherst College. It will move to the Dayton International Peace Museum and Dayton Metro Library in Ohio, in September.
The book and exhibition grew out of a slide show and audio presentation that Horn gave at the Lopez Community Center on his return from a trip to Bosnia in 2003, retracing the route he took through that country in 1970. He was able to find places and people he had photographed 33 years earlier, now the survivors of a devastating war, rebuilding their lives and their country. Responses from the Lopez community encouraged Horn to create a book from his experience. With the support of Wayne and Kiki Martin, A World Institute for a Sustainable Humanity (A W.I.S.H.), the Bosnian Institute in London, and contributions from community, family and friends, Horn created Pictures Without Borders, Bosnia Revisited, published by Dewi Lewis in 2005. Sandy Bishop served as project manager for the book’s development.
Steve will return to Bosnia in June, introducing his wife and daughter to the country and to some of the families whose stories are shared in his book. He will then stay on for another month to photograph in Bosnia, and to return to Kosovo with images taken in 1971. While back in the Balkans, he will offer his photography skills to local organizations that are rebuilding communities.
Horn’s book is available in local bookstores. You can learn more about his project at www.pictureswithoutborders.com.