Gianluca Cecere wrote in a while back to let us know about his series “The Empty House,” which was a finalist at Visa Pour L’Image 2010. Photography history is always difficult–the photographer must capture what once was, the after effects, the results of something long since past. Here Cecere looks at the disappearance of 1800 people after the 1999 war in Kosovo and how that loss has affected those who remain. There’s also a substantial multimedia website for the project. From Cecere’s statement:
Before, during and after the Kosovo war – in 1999 – 1.800 people disappeared, right in a time when it was easy to die or to vanished into thin air. Pain, on the contrary, never disappears. The Empty House is the story of broken lives, entangled in the fingers of those waiting an answer, be it only a grave to weep on. This is the story of an absence. At one stage, terror added up to the desperation of families left without any information about their father, son, or brother anymore. When Carla Del Ponte, former prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, published her book of memoirs – The Hunt – 500 people, mostly Serbians, had a suspicion on something that, at the time, could only be whispered, like a ghost story. The house, in northern Albania, where according to Belgrade Prosecutor’s office many people have been brought and stripped of their organs – then sold on the illegal international market – is still there. There lives the Katuci family. There, a family tries to shield its tranquillity from the anguish of thousands of other families.
Be sure to check out the rest of Gianluca Cecere’s site. There’s a lot of intriguing work there.