I took this photo some years ago during a beautiful walk above the village where I grew up. Yesterday, another referendum on gay marriage was outvoted in my country. (Read the news on The Guardian here.)
When I left the place ten years ago, I did it reluctantly. Life was good in my country and the gay community rapidly gained freedom to be ourselves. The times seem darker now, with extreme right wing populism on the move, backed by Catholic Church.
Personally, I am not somebody who would marry his partner. I see this setback as a signal to the GLBT population to back off and disappear into oblivion, being told our sexuality is perverse and obscene.
As I am happy to have received the ’emerging artists’ grant from Mondriaan fund, I feel assurance that the stories I tell are necessary. Stories about revealing ourselves as vulnerable beings, understanding our sexuality as something that is above religion, above rules, something dangerously subversive. I will continue my work from a place where I am able to be myself. And I hope that I can keep showing this work in the Western Balkans as well.