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In the past fifteen years, Dijana’s work was focused on stories of immigration, human rights, the aftermath of the Bosnian war. Most recently, she has been documenting multi-religions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) as well as the Ukrainian women arriving in Medjugorje, BiH. Dijana is the founder of School of Photography in Zenica, the only photo program in Bosnia that offers photo classes to all community members regardless of age.

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Dijana Muminovic - aftermath

From Ukraine to Međugorje

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I carefully listened to my instincts since the conflict began in Ukraine. I felt the women might arrive to Medjugorje, so I packed one Sunday and went there. But no one was there. Just as I was about leave late at night, the first bus full of women and children arrived. I found them at the church. They ran into my arms, hugging and crying. It was a gift I came for.

Dijana Muminovic - aftermath

I returned to Bosnia for the first time in 2001. I reunited with Tanja, and while on a train ride with her, the traces of the war I survived, my new life in the US, all culminated into one moment when I watched her gentle face reflect in the window. Who am I? Who have I become? A Muslim—my father’s side of family, or Catholic, my Mom’s side. Is religion what will define me? I knew that I did not want to be defined by this word: refugee.

I'm a Refugee

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Dijana Muminovic - aftermath

A voice echoed across the Hungarian-Croatian border: “What is your name?”

I knew this voice was speaking to me because these are the connections we are talking about. When the people we want to photograph decide to fully trust us. It’s the moment they see who we are without our cameras.

“Dijana, what is your name?”

"LILIAN!!"

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School of Photography Zenica

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Founded by Dijana in late 2017, School of Photography is the only photo program in Bosnia-Herzegovina that offers photo classes to all community members regardless of age; 7-year-old being the youngest, and 78-year-old, the oldest.

Dijana Muminovic - aftermath

Is a website, a tribute to our moms who are no longer here. Because of a connection with my Mom, I noticed a photography pattern in my work: women and children. This inspired me to reach out to other women, and to speak about the subject. Together, we became voices of women who remember their Moms. Project supported by the Kentucky Foundation for Women.

Dear Mom,

www.dearmom.world

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When the first 300 women and children arrived in Medjugore, Bosnia and Herzegovina in early March 2022, their exodus was reminiscent of the 1990s Bosnian War when 2.2. million people fled the country. In the first few weeks of the Ukrainian war, 4 million women and children were forced to leave their homes. I listened to my instinct so carefully, so I went to Medjugorje, feeling I may find some women there. I spent a whole day there, but found no one. It was so late at night, I had dragged my friends to come along, so it was time to leave. But then, the very first bus arrived with 60 Ukrainian women and children....

Jerez de la Frontera, I thought was some small place in Spain that no one has heard of, only to find out, I have never heard of this very important fact: Jerez de la Frontera was the border between Islamic and Christian populations. Suddenly, this......

It was October 13th of 1917, and thousands of people gathered in Fátima in response to a prophecy made by three shepherd children, Lúcia Santos and siblings Francisco and Jacinta Marto, who said they saw Mary. In this moment, Lucia asked Mary to do something......

I was invited to open the exhibition “Simply Nature” by Bosnian-German author Hari M. At the exhibition I saw a childhood neighbor whom I haven’t seen probably since the childhood, and we matched. It was very funny....

Rotary Club Zenica and its Rotaract, with the support of USAID, PRO-Buducnost and CRS, organized an event in which I had the honor to speak about multi-ethnicity in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Together with colleagues, we discussed this subject from different points of view. Part of my presentation......

I received a grant from Kentucky Foundation for Women to tell personal stories how women are affected by the loss of their mothers through a photographic exhibition and a panel....

"What is your name?" I knew this voice was speaking to me because these are exactly the connections we are talking about. This becomes a decisive moment if the people we want to photograph will fully trust us and feel safe around us, or not. This is the moment people see who we are without our cameras....

A photograph I took in Srebrenica appears on Christina Lamb’s new book “Our Bodies, Their Battlefield”. Christina is the co-author of “I am Malala”....

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