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Multimedia "Bosnian Born" Exhibit Opens May 29

In collaboration with Fontbonne University’s Bosnia Memory Project and the International Institute of St. Louis, the Friends of Bosnia & Herzegovina, a newly formed non-profit organization in St. Louis, is pleased to announce its inaugural event: a multimedia exhibition called “Bosnian Born” featuring the work of more than 25 leading Bosnian-Herzegovinian artists.

The “Bosnian Born” exhibit, which opens at Fontbonne University’s Fine Arts Gallery on Thursday, May 29, with a reception from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., reflects a varied expression of the creative energies of Bosnian-Herzegovinian culture and will feature live accordion music and refreshments. This even is free and open to the public and will run through June 30.

“Bosnian Born” features nearly 50 pieces, including sculpture, photographs, graphic design, jewelry and contemporary art. The artwork is offered for sale and the proceeds will benefit the Bosana Foundation, which provides scholarship support to underprivileged young adults in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and for emergency assistance for those impacted by the recent catastrophic floods in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Sponsorship opportunities are available to support the hosting of “Bosnian Born” in St. Louis.

The “Bosnian Born” exhibit, created and curated by Sejla Holland, originally opened in May, 2012, in Laguna Beach, Calif., and has been shown in Boston, Mass., and, most recently, at the Embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Washington, D.C. Holland, a Bosnian refugee from Mostar, sought to develop “Bosnian Born” as an exhibit that would not evoke the images most often associated with her homeland — of war, death, and destruction. Instead, Holland wanted to highlight the qualities of Bosnian people that are often lost to the media — creativity, artistry, talent and perseverance.

“We are extraordinarily fortunate to have the “Bosnian Born” exhibit in St. Louis and to showcase the talents of Bosnian artists in our city that is now home to more Bosnians that any city outside of Bosnia-Herzegovina,” commented Elma Mujanovic, president of the St. Louis Friends of Bosnia-Herzegovina. “‘Bosnian Born’ will truly be at home in St. Louis.”

For more information, please call 314-889-4553, or visit “Bosnian Born” on Facebook.