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PPAC: Piran 4. – Safet Zec

I would like to apologize for the sadness of today’s post, but sadness can be beautifully portrayed as well. Especially if you are from Bosnia, a country with its fair share of sadness but also joy.

This summer Bosnian painter Safet Zec displayed 50 works from his cycles Exodus and Embraces in eight locations in Piran and Portorož on the Slovenian coast. I visited five churches in Piran where the works were visible through the gate for free so they qualify as public art.

He is inspired by tragedies such as ongoing migrant problem, the Srebrenica massacre in 1995 with the death of 8000 Bosnian men and boys, and the story of two young lovers which you will see in the end of the gallery.

Admira, a Muslim, and Boško, a Bosnian Serb, were gunned down by a sniper on a bridge in Sarajevo in 1993. She outlived him by 15 minutes, crawled over to him, hugged him and died. Due to their mixed heritage they were dubbed Romeo and Juliet of Sarajevo and became the symbol of the 4-year Serbian siege of the city.

The yellow location in the first two photos, Tartini Theatre in Piran, was always locked when I passed it so I didn’t enter. After a couple of posters advertising the exhibits, the five churches follow with one piece of art in each. Usually I start with one shot through the rails to make it even more oppressive but then the view opens up. I commend the authorities for staging Safet’s art in these locations.

Therefore, do not expect joy today, but an important aspect of humanity that must never be forgotten. Let the pictures speak for themselves.

For Photographing Public Art Challenge (PPAC) hosted by Marsha at Always Write

This day in my blogging history

  • 2014: We cross our bridges as we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and the presumption that once our eyes watered.

    ―Tom Stoppard

  • 2016: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. ―Philip K. Dick


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

42 thoughts on “PPAC: Piran 4. – Safet Zec

  1. Manja, this is such powerful post. What a tragedy. I love this quote. 2016: Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn’t go away. ―Philip K. Dick I also believe that God works all things together for good for those who love God and are called to his purposes. Romans 8:28 If the bigger purpose is to stop hate and racial tensions. This does make the people involved and those who see this artwork stop and examine their thoughts and motives about racial and religious lines. Thank you for sharing a different kind of celebration of life today. You could also link this to my other challenge, Writer’s quotes Wednesdays if you’d like to. Have a blessed week.

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      1. I got it. Thanks for doing that. I have been missing some of the links recently. Sadje put a link on one of her posts and I checked everywhere in my comment boxes and it never came through. Fortunately, she is a regular and I checked her site anyway. So, If I ever miss you, please accept my apologies and make sure to let me know.

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  2. What a brilliant painter. The pathos is very intense but as you say, sometimes the horrors of this world need to be remembered. Some of the paintings seem even more powerful behind the bars.

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  3. Such a beautiful and moving collection. I paused in prayer — so appropriate for these to be displayed in churches –over the embraces in particular. The dead are doing what we, the living, must do. Tragic. And their example is eternal.

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  4. I love this post. Thank you for sharing the story, such stories should always be shared. It brought a tear to my eye. And the paintings, gosh! I love when portraits and the human figure are painted so large they own the space. It must have been wonderful to behold ❤

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      1. And so it should. I think people like to mourn, you know, and feel others pain. The thinking tourist does. The unthinking tourist would see the love story as pretty pictures and move on, I suppose?


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