I went to Kosovo a long time after the end of the war. My first stay in Kosovo was until April 2009. The country was pronounced independent the year before. Still today, however, Serbia refuses to recognize this independence and continues to consider Kosovo an autonomous province.
After my first visit, i went back there in February 2010. The images in the essays are partly from my first visit there and partly from my second.
From the very beginning, I thought that instead of putting the focus on the conflict, I would draw attention to what people my age have been through. Some of them had to get weapons and fight, others cried for the loss of their relatives. Some were blinded by hate and went to fight a war. Others just left, hiding themselves from the conflict.
In my time in Kosovo I met a young man named Fisnik in the city of Mitrovica and together we traced back his memories of his infancy to the present, and I have observed and photographed here the present that surrounds him. So this is in fact his story.
Most young people in Kosovo don’t have the good fortune to decide between staying or going…Half the population is less than 25 years old: Kosovo is the youngest state in Europe. One of the main problems is getting a passport, as the procedure is very long and expensive and many of them consider exile as the only chance they have. But whoever succeeds in getting it, becomes a free man.
Fisnik is one young man from Kosovo. He dreams to live his future somewhere else, hoping this is going to happen sooner or later.