PCRC is excited to announce its new partnership with The Art of Revolution from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to bring the project “One Million Bones: Bones of the Balkans” to Bosnia and Herzegovina. One Million Bones is a large-scale social arts practice, which combines education, hands-on art making, and public installations to raise awareness of ongoing genocides and mass atrocities. PCRC first became acquainted the project in June 2013 when the organization and approximately 2,500 volunteers from across the United States gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to lay out over one million handcrafted bones as a visible petition against genocide and mass atrocities. The installation of the bones was the highlight of a three-day event that included speakers from across the anti-genocide movement, a candlelight vigil, educational activities and an advocacy day. Since the close of the installation on the National Mall, these bones have been awaiting their next call to action.
In July 2015, Bosnia recognizes a tragic anniversary: twenty years since the Bosnian genocide and the massacre in Srebrenica. The Art of Revolution and PCRC will be working together to bring 100,000 of the bones, one bone for each victim of the Bosnian genocide, created for the One Million Bones project to Bosnia to be displayed in the Srebrenica-Potočari Memorial Center during a special ceremony commemorating the victims.
Community members in Bosnia will participate in workshops that will result in an additional 8,372 bones, each one representing one of the victims of the massacre in Srebrenica. These bones will be used to create a permanent installation and memorial dedicated to the victims of the Srebrenica genocide.
PCRC feels that bringing bones, made by an international community, bones that have spoken through their presence on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to one of the most powerful governments in the world, is an appropriate tribute to those who lost their lives in Bosnia in 1995. Stay tuned for updates about how you can get involved. For more info visit http://www.onemillionbones.org/.