by Olga Kravets
A Serbian and Bosnian phrase, meaning to ‘catch a fog’, is often used in conversation. It was mentioned one afternoon, while drinking rakija in rural Bosnia, by a man describing the sixteen-year hunt for the elusive ex-General.
Ratko Mladic at the times was still in hiding and the reward for his capture had just been increased to 10 million Euros.
Mr. Mladic, the world’s most wanted man after the death of Osama bin Laden, indicted in 1996 for genocide and other war-crimes by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, was suddenly arrested in Serbia on May 26, 2011. His trial is already under way in the Hague.
This project is a photographic representation of Mladic: of his past, his sordid history and his grotesque legacy, but also his enduring, immutable and iconic status within the Serbian nationalist old guard. Through a series of images, it illustrates where he has been, where he has stayed, lived, hidden and visited, while also illustrating what he has done. Throughout, I have used diary extracts written by Mladic himself.