From 2015 onwards, PAX decided to develop a specific program focusing on Dealing With the Past in the Western Balkan region (Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia), to better facilitate cooperation between local civil society initiatives on memorialization. We also carry out research on this topic, try to link up these initiatives to national and international lobby agendas.
'The Past Continues' initiative offers more than 100 young people from the Western Balkans an opportunity to reflect on their parents’ war, waged during the nineties. In ethnically mixed groups they will do research, they will pay field visits and interview people involved in the events back then. PAX is a partner in this program, and will assist as resource organisation and in the organisation of some of the field visits. This program is part of PAX Regional Dealing with the Past Program for the Western Balkans. Read a blogpost about the initiative.
During the Yugoslav wars, many cultural spaces and buildings became their antipodes - they became spaces and buildings of torture. This project aims to encourage people to become aware of these cultural spaces, and to enter into dialogue with others. A photobook on such cultural spaces in Kosovo, BiH and Coratia, was published, together with a photo exhibition, which encourage viewers and readers to reflect on the relationship between national culture and social conflict.