Kosovo’s Cultural Genocide
Since the end of the Kosovo war in 1999, more than one hundred Christian Orthodox places of worship have been destroyed or looted for ethnic-religious reasons in the self-declared state of Kosovo .
Many important examples of the artistic and cultural roots of contemporary Europe have been lost and all this destruction has occurred in the face of worldwide indifference. For centuries, Kosovo and its monasteries represented an artistic and cultural bridge between Western Europe and Byzantium. The region is proof that the Balkans have been a cultural melting pot at the roots of European identity, and not solely a battleground.
Forgotten memories documents the living conditions of the monastic communities that continue to reside in the few Orthodox monasteries still standing, and the efforts of those monks to preserve them. Global awareness of such contemporary tragedies is fundamental to drive a positive change in regions ignored by mainstream media.
Photography is memory: it can contribute to make events like Kosovo’s cultural genocide a “lesson in history”. More.
Giovani Cocco Photography