Monika Bulaj, 2018 Leonian Finalist

Broken Songlines || Three Manuscripts shows a journey from China to Europe, the opposite of Marco Polo’s infamous voyage. The project concerns minorities fleeing persecution, nomads and pilgrims. These subjects inhabit an obscure present, a present of conflicts, broken frontiers and devastated countries. These are lands where diverse peoples have cohabited and interacted for thousands of years, sharing saints, gestures, symbols, myths, songs and gods.

Sponsored by The Philip and Edith Leonian Foundation, Monika Bulaj received a $2,500 award for her project. The awards are presented to Smith Grant finalists whose works the judges deemed as “exceptional and worthy of recognition.”