Josipa Boźić [1972] HR

Biography

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My father is the only person who is pleased that I am born a girl

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At the age of two I am surrounded by the god-fearing aunts of my father and of my mother who sleeps around

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At the age of four I want to be a priest and don’t feel at home in the girls’ world

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At the age of six I am ashamed of my father, who drinks and swears at my mother, calling her a tart and a whore

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At the age of twelve I run away and stay with my aunt and live a normal life

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At the age of fourteen I have to return home and am unable to concentrate at school

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When I am fourteen my father is admitted to a clinic and I tell my mother it’s her fault

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At the age of fifteen I hang around in the streets, pinch stuff, start drinking and take my aunts’ tranquillizers

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At the age of sixteen I leave school and get a job. The court threatens to have me forcibly admitted to a reform school

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At the age of seventeen I feel sorry for my sick father

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When I am twenty my little sister, who I have been taking care of as my own child, dies of meningitis, aged eight months

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When I am twenty my mother sinks into a deep depression and we are all devastated

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At the age of twenty-two I am addicted to alcohol and my mother sends me to my aunt in Germany

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At the age of twenty-three I try to keep my friends on the island away from drugs

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At the age of twenty-five I fall in love with a boy from the drugs scene

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At the age of twenty-five I share the feelings of loneliness and isolation in an exchange of letters with my boyfriend, who is in detention

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When I am twenty-seven we both deal marijuana, we are convicted, and the prison system shocks me

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At the age of twenty-nine I am released from prison, I use heroin and deal

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At the age of thirty my life consists of heroin, depression, blaming, endless loneliness, chaos and a sense of solidarity with my boyfriend

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When I am thirty-one we are sent to a drugs rehab commune in Spain and my mother threatens to report me to the police if I break off the treatment

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At the age of thirty-one my psychological dependency on cocaine is stronger than the physical dependency on heroin

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At the age of thirty-six I am treated for my hepatitis C while I am in prison

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At the age of thirty-six I am in detention for the fourth time, expect to be convicted again, and am full of fear of life with and without drugs, of sickness, isolation and freedom

From a dialogue with the participant and with the aid of the matrix a biography of basic facts is developed, which portrays the person’s life as a sequence of events and decisions, of acts and reactions.

The texts of the biographies are spoken by the participants themselves, and recorded for the audio modules of the Baby Dolls and the project’s audio archive.