Nina Bunjevac started her art training in Yugoslavia, at the Djordje Krstic School for applied arts; in 1990 she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she continued her studies in art at the Art Centre of Central Technical School. In 1997 she graduated from OCAD in the Drawing and Painting department.
Formerly a painter and a sculptor, Nina found her calling in sequential arts, a form that seemed to naturally evolve out of the narrative component in her sculpture installation work. Pen and ink became the medium of choice. Her comic strips were published in a number of international anthologies of graphic fiction and literary magazines all over the world: her debut, Heartless, was published in 2012.
What was the inspiration for your book, Fatherland?
My family (particularly the women) and the history of the Balkans. The story of my family is a story of two opposing factions, paternal: royalist and nationalist, and maternal: Titoist, socialist. Somehow, sandwiched in between, I have managed to find my own path.
Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac is published by Jonathan Cape on 28 August.