“Sniper Alley”: The most tragic stories from besieged Sarajevo (PHOTO)

NEWS 04.04.2022 14:56
Source: Foto: F.Z./N1

An exhibition "Shooting in Sarajevo" by Italian authors Roberta Biagiarelli and Luigi Ottania has been set up on the fence of the University of Sarajevo Campus on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo.

Director of the International Theater Festival MESS and coordinator of the Memory Module programme Nihad Kresevljakovic said that the location where this exhibition was set up was extremely important because it was the Sniper Alley during the siege of Sarajevo from 1992 to 1995, in the area where the Yugoslav National Army (JNA) barracks used to be.

“Every citizen of Sarajevo remembers when Samir Mesetovic, who was a young musician, was killed from the building of the JNA barracks, and Silva Rizvanbegovic after that. That story about snipers is also a story about the memory of some of the most important people in this city, about the most tragic stories of this city,” said Nihad Kresevljakovic.

The author Federica Moro explained that the textual part of the book, among other things, was done by Jovan Divjak, while the author of the photographs, Luigi Ottan, found it difficult to take these photographs.

“Luigi and Roberta made the project. They thought it would be interesting to show what was going on here by the snipers. To show how it was, how easy it was to see ordinary people and shoot and what was going on in their heads while they were doing it,” said Moro.

MESS Festival Programme Manager Hana Bajrovic also pointed out how much the late Jovan Divjak contributed to the book.

“The late Jovan Divjak, who is in a way the brand of the city of Sarajevo, especially from that period, provided great help in the project and work on the book as well as on establishing contacts with people from Bosnia,” said Bajrovic.

The exhibition is set within the framework of Remembrance Day, which will be marked in Sarajevo from April 4 to 9.


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