“Pazi Snajper” at the History Museum of BIH


From: November 18, 2021 @ 19:00
To: April 1, 2022 @ 19:00 CET

Venue info

Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Address: Zmaja od Bosne 5
City: Sarajevo
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina
Zip: 71000

“Sniper Alley” became one of the most infamous terms used in the reporting of the conflict in Bosnia Herzegovina and the Siege of Sarajevo. Its epicenter was in and around the immediate vicinity of the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The area of Zmaja od Bosne from the Museum, past the Zemajski Museum, and onto the Parliament building, was particularly vulnerable as the intersections along the wide street were overlooked from the tower blocks in Grbavica across the river Miljacka that formed the frontline in the area.

This exhibition engages with the legacy of the sniper attacks on the city through a range of media, including a 3D printed scale model of the immediate vicinity of the Historical Museum, an expert witness report on sniper attacks that was used as evidence at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, archival photographs from the war including a new multimedia piece by Paul Lowe, and works by artists reflecting on the impact snipers had on the lives of the citizens of the city. The research and production of the exhibition was supported by a grant from the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Today, more than twenty-five years after the end of the siege, the citizens of Sarajevo are still reminded of this time of terror and fear as they walk along Zmaja od Bosne and pass by a small stone monument, inscribed on which are the words “Never to be forgotten and never to be repeated. Nermin Divović 1987-1994.” The exhibition opens on the anniversary of his death on the 18th November, 1994, and will be opened by Trevor Gibson, who was a UN fireman during the siege who witnessed Nermin’s killing and helped recover his body.

Concept, research and curation: Paul Lowe

Co-Curator: Elma Hodžić

Production: Elma Hašimbegović, Historijski muzej BiH / History Museum of BIH

3D Modelling and Architectural Research: Projekt V Arhitektura d.o.o i SNEA

Photographers: Ron HavivRikard Larma, Paul LoweEnric MartiGervasio Sanchez 

Artists: Paul Coldwell, Adela Jušić 

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) funded the research into the ICTY archives and for the production of the 3D model.

The project was also supported by the Photography and the Archive Research Centre, University of the Arts London, and the VII Foundation. 

After the official opening, Trevor Gibson will hold an auction of exclusive film and music memorabilia donated by the stars of Scream For Me Sarajevo, such as Bruce Dickinson and Fedja Stukan, as well as donations received from Laibach, Dubioza Kolektiv, and others. The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the museum.

Paul Lowe

, London
Dr. Paul Lowe is a Reader in Documentary Photography and the Course Leader of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London, UK. Paul is an award-winning photographer who has been published in TIME, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, The Observer, and The Independent, amongst others. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, Nelson Mandela’s release, famine in Africa, the conflict in the former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny.

Ron Haviv

, New York

Ron Haviv is an Emmy nominated and award-winning photojournalist and co-founder of the VII Agency, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. His first photography book, Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal, was called “One of the best non-fiction books of the year,” by The Los Angeles Times and “A chilling but vastly important record of a people’s suffering,” by Newsweek.

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