:THE OTHER SIDE OF 90'S / ANA TJETËR E ‘90
Despite the shared conception that there is a certain verifiable truth about the past, and that its revelation will bring justice and accountability, when we think about the past we also relate it to memories, which by nature are elusive. In Yugoslavia, personal and shared memories were instrumentalized by state narratives in the 1990s, evoking a hostile past, and fuelling ethnic conflicts between people who lived together for decades. Their appropriation also brought to light the discongruity between narratives maintained by different communities.
How can we narrate a violent past to our ‘former-enemies’ whose perceptions and interpretations of the past are formed through different narratives of the same events? Clearly, young people today are not ‘former-enemies’ in the sense that they did not participate in the war, but they still share a difficult legacy, which is both a sensitive subject and carries the potential to bring peace. Is there a way to deal with painful experiences of the past, by using memories in the healing process?