Senka Mušić is a graphic designer and photographer from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She graduated The Academy of Fine Arts (Sarajevo). Her bachelor thesis project: Traditional Balkan Witchcraft.
Most of her photo-series are marked by the place she’s been living her whole life. The Balkan countries, such as Bosnia and Herzegovina, are known in history for their stormy, warlike existence. The apple of discord between the Western Roman Empire and Byzantium, between Occident and the Ottoman Empire in the Middle Ages, battlefield during the two World Wars, home of constant revolutions, riots and coup d’état’s. No wonder why even Balkan beauty and culture is so wild and raw.
That’s exactly what Senka has been trying (and succeeded) to capture in her new released project: the savagery of Balkan spirit in the Middle Ages, with focus on one of its most controversial aspects – the mystique.
“Traditional Balkan Witchcraft” is a project about the witchcraft heritage of the Balkans and the analysis of that theme as a style based subculture”, she explained for Cultartes Magazine. “The final photos are a fusion of fashion and art photography, something between a commercial and alternative approach”. The whole project consists in photos, posters, a logo and a small double-sided book. The photo-book is manufactured in the style of 18th and 19th century photography, combining features of Gothic medieval typography and scripts.
Besides revealing a piece of Europe’s dark era, the other purpose of “Traditional Balkan Witchcraft” was to extract ideas from the past and use them in the nowadays’ fashion. “The goal of the project is to create style guidelines of this theme and incorporate them into photography and design today”.
Senka Mušić’s enthusiastic project is indeed so complex and meaningful that it grows the romantic beauty of a time and place where nothing was beautiful. Sabbath meetings and occultism, nature and human nature, life and death, all in a baudelairian manner. “The project specific approach on beauty and ugliness, on mystery and horror and our own forgotten past is what makes it an exciting theme to work on. It also gives an insight in the difference between female and male witches, and their different approach”, the artist concludes.