NICHT FALLEN

 

Hazira framed his picture. An obituary picture.

The fragile, broken frame was tapped over,

so it would hold for years to come.

 

In thick black letters, the writings on the tape,

that held together the frame, read

 

Nicht Fallen.

 

I exchanged the frame for one I bought in a supermarket in a near by town. 6,5 convertible marks. I brought two of them to Hazira. So that her past could safely be guarded behind the mass produced glass.

 

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Nicht Fallenis an ongoing interdisciplinary project that has been collecting, chronicling and depicting the communities and landscapes scarred and marginalised by the war in the former Yugoslavia since 2017. Juxtaposed with found objects, the images of daily life raise issues that, although specific to the historical and geographic realities of the region, testify to the universality of recurrent violence and the perpetuation of conflict long after the war has ended. One of the collected objects in the series is a picture frame held together by tape that reads “nicht fallen”.  In the frame, Hazira Đafić kept a newspaper cutting of the obituary of her brother Merfin, who was killed after stepping on a mine not far from the refugee centre ten years after the war. Hazira, who had fled with her brother to the safe area of Tuzla in 1993, remains displaced to this day and lives in the Ježevac refugee village near Banovići.