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Easter procession

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.

16 Apr 2017

Creole last supper

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.

24 Feb 2017

“Originals”

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Fusione o asimmetria socio-culturali? Rho, Italia, September 2015. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

24 Nov 2016

War crimes in Višegrad

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.

12 Oct 2016

Marcos Lopez y el Ekeko

Marcos Lopez (http://www.marcoslopez.com/series.php) is one of the most famous Argentinian photographer in the world. With his colorful and (sub) realistic images he created a very personal style called “pop latino”. He is deeply attached to his “Ekeko” a kind of Bolivian divinity representing abundance, wealth and luck. The pictures were made to illustrate an interview of the journalist Roland Bijlenga for a french magazine. 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.

6 Jul 2016

Amira: words and people from Sarajevo

1403amiradyptic“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Amira is an activist who thinks that is the responsibility of each believer to struggle for better life and better future. “I always see silent people accepting passively the social and economic situation”. For this reason Amira, married and mother of three children, comes almost every day in front of the bosnian presidency building to protest against corruption and lack of political action: “corruption goodbye” (korupcija zbogom), it’s her message. A very positive attitude despite the lack of concern of part of the population. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 2014 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

 

16 Apr 2014

Lejla: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Lejla“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Lejla works at Radio BIR in Sarajevo and has a music program for kids. She would like art and science to regain the attention they deserve in bosnian society. She would also like that more people could discover and appreciate Hayao’s animated movies. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, March 2014 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

3 Apr 2014

Dzevada: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Dzevada“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Dzevada Susko, first woman director of Institute for Bosniak Islamic Tradition. She strongly wishes that Bosnia and Herzegovina becomes a stable democracy, with less corruption and more employment. She would like to live in a country where people spends more time reading books and enjoy museums, galleries and theatres. She also wishes that media, politicians and some “self-appointed muslims” stop abusing islam and muslims because “muslims are peaceful, faithful to God and love Abraham, Moses, Jesus as well as Muhammad”. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2014 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

18 Mar 2014

Alija: words and people from Sarajevo

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“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Alija Poturovic, 80 years old. Since 1990, is the mosque keeper of the Bijela Dzamija (White Mosque). This job and the religion are the most important part of his life. In his message he says that the “white mosque is a gift to the city of Sarajevo”. During the 1992-95 siege of Sarajevo, the minaret was destroyed by grenades. The new minaret is now shorter than before the war. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, January 2014 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

16 Jan 2014

Zehra and Ibrahim: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Zehra and Ibrahim“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Zehra and Ibrahim tailors in Sarajevo: “my wife and I we wish to all the world a god of health and peace”. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, December 2013 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

22 Dec 2013