Ovdje  —  Honours Project

Student Work, November 2018

Linen hardcover
176 pages section-sewn
170mm x 244mm pages
HP Indigo print

Between the conclusion of World War II in 1945 and 1979, 36,000 Croatians migrated to Australia, fleeing a deteriorating economy and the anti-Croatian regime of the new Communist Yugoslavian government. My four grandparents were among this group of immigrants. The values, beliefs, experiences and desires of this minority are reflected in their material culture — the physical objects, resources and spaces which define a culture. The project title, Ovdje (Ov . dyeh), which translates to Here expresses the disconnection to objects and spaces felt by my grandparents as a result of their immigration experience.

Ovdje documents the material culture evident in my grandparents’ homes in the form of a book, preserving these cultural artefacts beyond their lives. At the foreground of the work is a series of photographs of my grandparents’ spaces and treasured objects. Photographs are contextualised and supported by interviews, documents, ephemera and illustrations.

The Elements of Ovdje —

© Emily Kraljevic 2021