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Procession of the passion of Jesus Christ, Friday 14th, at plaza de mayo. Buenos Aires. Argentina, April 2017. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
“The Mexicans come from the Aztecs, the Peruvians from the Incas, and the Argentinians…from the boats.” said once the Mexican poet Octavio Paz talking about the essence of the origin of the Argentinian nation.
Aside from 16th century Spanish colonisation, Argentina’s most significant influx of settlers arrived from Europe – mainly from Spain and Italy – coinciding with the definitive constitution of the state in 1880.
Argentine rulers intended the country to welcome productive immigration, although selectively; and Article 25 of the 1853 Constitution says: ‘The Federal Government will encourage European immigration, and it will not restrict, limit or burden with any taxes the entrance into Argentine territory for foreigners who come with the goal of working the land, improving the industries and teaching the sciences and the arts”.
Barrio of Mataderos. Buenos Aires. Argentina, April 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
Unknown picture of a wall, a security camera and a locally very famous picture (Marcos Lopez “Asado en mendiolazo”), inspired by a worldwide known painting. Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
Milonga restrooms. Buenos Aires. Argentina, May 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
People watching and shooting the moon the day of the supposed “supermoon”. And fishing too… Rio de la Plata. Buenos Aires. Argentina, November 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
A family is lunching under a mural making a tribute o “El torito de Mataderos”. The “bull of Mataderos” (Matadors is a Buenos Aires typical neighborhood), Justo Suarez was a popular Argentine light weight boxer who died at 29 years old. His huge popularity was widely greater than his professional achievements as a fighter. Suárez was the first sportsman that became an idol, having gained popularity in Argentina during the decade of the 1930s. Julio Cortazar dedicated him a tale: “Torito”. Buenos Aires. Argentina, June 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
CRIMES BEFORE ICTY: VISEGRAD
Director Steve Coulson (International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia)
Pictures: Luca Bonacini and others – 2016
The nationalist political parties (Serbs, Croats and Bosniaks) are consolidated at the power in a country already ethnically divided. In one municipality a convicted war criminal became mayor. In Mostar conflicts are so deep that the polls couldn’t be organized…
The situation in Sarajevo doesn’t encourage optimism. The city symbol of the peaceful coexistence of four religions, which has strenuously resisted the siege while Europe turned its back, is slowly changing its face. Many people, some of them children of mixed marriages, are leaving the country in search of jobs. My two best friends already move to Italy to build a better future…
At the same time tourists are coming from the Gulf countries with their wives wrapped in burqas and niqabs. Fascinated by the city and its mountains, they are investing in shopping centers and building residential compounds. In the pool where I used to bring my kids, now there are exclusive schedules for women…
The situation is alarming, especially considering that the war that took place more than 20 years ago led to the “ethnic cleansing” (8000 muslims massacred in few days in Srebrenica).
This is the main topic of the documentary produced by the International Criminal Tribunal of the Former Yugoslavia (director Steve Coulson) and illustrated with some of my photos taken in this area.
It talks about the ethnic cleansing in the region of Višegrad (1992-1993) a small town resting on the river of the Drina. A bucolic area described by the Nobel Prize of literature Ivo Andric in his “Bridge on the Drina”, that became one of the most emblematic crime scene of the former Jugoslavia conflict. Ruins of burned houses, cemetery river and hotel of rapes still testify to a not so distant past. A recent past when Serbian “neighbors”, after decades of cohabitation, started to kill their muslim “neighbors”. The documentary helps us not to forget. The crimes of which Lukic brothers were accused and convicted, still make the blood run cold.
I segnali lanciati dalle ultime elezioni municipali (ottobre 2016) in Bosnia-Erzegovina non sono incoraggianti.
I partiti nazionalisti (serbi, croati e bosgnacchi) si consolidano al potere in un paese già etnicamente diviso. In una municipalità, un criminale di guerra condannato diventa sindaco. A Mostar i conflitti sono così accesi che non è nemmeno possibile organizzare gli scrutini…
A Sarajevo la situazione non spinge all’ottimismo.
Una volta città simbolo della convivenza pacifica di 4 religioni, capace di resistere strenuamente all’assedio, malgrado l’abbandono da parte dall’Europa, la capitale del paese piano piano cambia faccia.
I giovani, spesso figli dei matrimoni misti, partono all’estero alla ricerca di lavoro. I miei due migliori amici sono partiti in Italia.
Al posto arrivano i turisti del golfo, con mogli al seguito, spesso avvolte in burqa e niqab. Affascinati dalla città e dalle sue montagne, investono in shopping center, fabbricano condominii. Nella piscina in cui portavo i bambini, da poco hanno stabilito gli orari esclusivi per le donne…
La situazione è preoccupante, soprattutto alla luce della guerra avvenuta più di 20 anni fa’ e che ha provocato vere e proprie “pulizie etniche” (8000 mussulmani massacrati in qualche giorno solo a Srebrenica).
Anche di questo narra il documentario girato dal Tribunale Penale Internazionale per l’ex Jugoslavia e illustrato da alcune mie foto prese nella regione di Višegrad.
Il documentario parla della pulizia etnica nella zona di questa piccola cittadina “tranquilla” adagiata sul fiume Drina. Una zona un tempo bucolica, descritta dal premio nobel della letteratura Ivo Andrić nel suo libro “il ponte sulla Drina” e recentemente un angolo di terra teatro di crimini atroci. Ruderi di case incendiate, un fiume cimitero e l’hotel degli stupri testimoniano ancora di un passato vicino. Un passato in cui i “vicini” serbi, dopo anni di convivenza, hanno iniziato a dare la caccia ai loro “vicini” di casa mussulmani. Il documentario serve a non dimenticare. I crimini di cui sono stati accusati e condannati i fratelli Lukic fanno gelare il sangue.
Mural. Buenos Aires, Argentina, August 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.
Erasing myths, Carlos Gardel. Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 2016. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.