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Framed by WDET: Dijana

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Image credit: Doug Coombe

“I didn’t leave my country because I didn’t like or love something. It was just politics,” says Dijana Bucalo, Bosnian American fashion designer.

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Framed by WDET is an audio-visual experience, produced in partnership with 18 artists, who tell the story of moments and spaces where people come together and find belonging in Detroit. 

In Framed by WDET: Beyond Balkanization, photographer Doug Coombe and producer Rob St. Mary tell eleven stories of Americans living and working in Southeast Michigan while maintaining their cultural traditions, rooted in their respective home countries across the Balkans. Rich photos of artists connect visual elements to the eclectic voices telling stories of Balkan tradition and immigrant life.

In this feature, Dijana Bucalo talks war, her life in the United States, her love for Bosnia and becoming a fashion designer.

I think I was born with a needle in my hands, to be honest with you,” says Bucalo. “And I’ve been always interested in fashion, in constructing garments…I wanted to learn how to construct the garment according to my imagination in my head.”

Framed by WDET continues to evolve, and this year we’re partnering with Grand Circus Magazine to bring this series of stories and photographs to life in a photo book and gallery exhibition. Learn how you can support WDET and back this project at wdet.org/kickstarter.
To hear Dijana’s story, click the audio player above. 

Erin Allen, Content Producer, Framed by WDET

Erin Allen is a Content Producer with Framed by WDET. Allen is a foodie, yogi and world explorer.


Framed by WDET 101.9 FM

This post is a part of Framed by WDET 101.9 FM.

A series of traveling audio-visual exhibitions that integrate photography and audio storytelling to present the stories of ethnic and cultural communities throughout the Detroit region. Produced by WDET 101.9 FM.

Supported by individual contributions, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, National Endowment for the Arts, The Kresge Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and our series sponsors.



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