Nina Rupena

I was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Due to the conflicts in the Balkans I lived as a refugee in Croatia and then moved with my family to Australia in 1998. I’ve never had a strong feeling of cultural identity and belonging because of the constant moving. But I always felt special relationship with my grandmother’s world, the ‘magical realism’ of her stories of past times. My Grandmother had a big role in my life. Now that she is gone the feeling of nostalgia for her and the world she represents are overwhelming, and those are the emotions I try to convey through my work.