The Queer Family Album – Non-aligned relatives (from The Bacha Posh Project)
Photo object, C-Print and silvergelatin prints in two boxes, each 21 x 29,7 cm, 2018.
This is my grandmother, she was born in 1927 and she was almost 90, when she died last year. She was living in the first and in the second Yugoslavia, she has survived the second world war and the wars in the 1990s, she went through three different political systems, the kingdom, socialism and capitalism. In this picture she is in her house in Southern Serbia, she built it in the 1960s by herself. She was telling me a lot about her sisters when I was a child. She had this sister from Macedonia, who was very special because she was a sworn virgin, she lived as a man. There are also women who live as men in Afghanistan, where they are called bacha posh. You can see some of them in my family album. But there are also artists who passed as male in this collection, like Annemarie Schwarzenbach who drove to Kabul in 1939. They all carry similiar fabrics as you can see. I like to think of them as my non-aligned relatives, as a late outcome of the non-aligned movement of the 1960s in which countries like Yugoslavia and Afghanistan were close to each other.