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