Puno Puno, Lacu Noć (2021)

Puno Puno, Lacu Noć (meaning lots and lots, goodnight) extended from a desire to reconnect to my Croatian heritage after the death of my grandmother in 2020.

The project broadly explores how personal and collective narratives of migration, identity and belonging are entangled and embedded within nostalgia. From the perspective of a third-generation Croatian, the work speculates on where culture lies as it attempts to both locate a sense of connection whilst also reconciling feelings of my own displacement through the creative act.

The photographic encounters, archival sources and other visual investigations that make up the project become points on a map that constellate my own narratives with those of the broader Croatian community and aims to further contextualise intergenerational experiences of migration within the contemporary Australian landscape.