Irena Dragaš Jansen feels at home both in Croatia and the USA, even though she also equally feels like a foreigner in both of those countries. She has done program and resource development for nonprofits and social enterprises in Europe and America, but it is her love of literature and the visual arts that frames her view of life. She has coauthored a number of art installations and is currently working on a new creative project while also going back to school to study art history.
TEXT BY IRENA DRAGAŠ JANSEN
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MANUELA THAMES
As I observe the global pandemic unfold from the comforts and safety of my Washington, D.C., metro area home, I am transported back to the basement shelters where my parents, sister, relatives, neighbors, and I hid from the daily deadly mortar attacks during the most recent war in Croatia.