Huu is a virtual mnemonic landscape based on personal histories of 22 survivors of sexual violence in the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992-1995 and the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda in 1994. The voices of these women and men inhabit an archipelago of floating islands, where each ecosystem reveals memories of a particular participant, on their journey from trauma to healing. We travel through these islands as wind, creating subtle gestures over waters and plant species, unveiling the documentary audio-recordings.
As an intersection between ecological and personal memories, this project creates a safe space for survivors to tell their stories, giving them a chance to speak up about experiences which oftentimes remain taboo in their local societies. Huu makes it possible for participants from geographically distant war and genocide-torn countries to unite in a virtual space and co-create a healing archipelago.
Artist: Smirna Kulenovic
Assistant: Christina Zhang
Audio Design: Vahid Qaderi
Technical Support: PureWeb, Nada
Organizational Partners: Justice for Women (NL) Impact: Center against Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence in Conflict (NL) Medica Zenica (BA) Solace Ministries (RW) KUMA International PureWebArtistic
Educational Partners: Yale University (Yale College, Yale School of Architecture, and Yale CCAM)