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High heels and boots: peaceful protest in Sarajevo

Peaceful protest against the economic and political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, during the opening of the restored Vijecnica (City Hall and national library) destroyed by bosnian serb shelling in 1992 during the Sarajevo siege. Between the night of 25 and 26th of August, more than 2 millions of valuable books got lost. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2014 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

9 May 2014

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

Bakir: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Bakir“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. I met Bakir in front of a “kafana penzioneri” in Vratnik district of Sarajevo. At that time I was interested on stories and feelings about the war. I quickly learned that is not easy at all to talk about this painful past. “It’s too difficult to speak about the war”, he told me in french. Bakir, football player before the war, spent a after war period in France. Afterwards he came back to his beloved town. People want to look towards the future and this is a political message too… Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2011 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

11 Apr 2014

Alija: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Alija

“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

Azur: words and people from Sarajevo

Words and people from Sarajevo: Azur“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Azur, met at the Trg Oslobođenja, the “freedom square” of the city. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2011 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

17 Dec 2013

Pavle: words and people from Sarajevo

Pavle“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Pavle, is a croat from Sarajevo who defended his town under the siege (1992-95) in the bosnian army. He used to sing in rock bands in the pubs of Sarajevo and he’s now working organising musical events. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2011 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

28 Nov 2013

Adnan: words and people from Sarajevo

“Words and people from Sarajevo”, work in progress. Adnan was 18 years old when he entered the army of Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the beginning of the bosnian war. At that time he could have quit Sarajevo. Instead, he bravely decided to stay and to defend his home town, under the siege (1992-95). Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, February 2011 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

11 Oct 2013

Orgosolo street art

“When the missionaries came they had the Bible and we had the land. We closed our eyes and prayed. When we opened our eyes we had the Bible in our hands and they had our land.”
This is a quote of Desmond Tutu, joint to one of the many murals that show the social awareness of the people Orgosolo, a small village hidden in the mountains of Sardinia.
The village managed to leave behind a long and heavy heritage of violence and lack of social justice and turned Orgosolo on an extraordinary spot of street and social engaged art.
A local teacher, Francesco Del Casino, and a group of students launched the artistic and social process. Inspired by the Mexican muralists of the begin of the past century, students and local artists started to paint the walls of the village with stories of its past and to reproduce Italy’s and world’s main social and political events, from the slavery to the present time.

Orgosolo, Italy, August 2013 © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

26 Sep 2013

19th of may 1993, Admira and Bosko

She was a Bosniak (Bosnian muslim) and he was a Bosnian Serb living in Sarajevo. They love each other and decided to quit their city during the 1992-1995 Sarajevo siege. On 19th May 1993, they decided to cross the Vrbanja bridge to the Serb-occupied territory of Grbavica, dreaming a new and safe life, after an agreement between the belligerents that no one would fire as the couple approached. Bosko Brkic (25) was immediately killed by a sniper while Admira Ismic (25), died 15 minutes after she was shot, hugging her lover in an everlasting embrace. They are now buried together in the Lion Cemetery (Lav groblje) of Sarajevo. A documentary “Sarajevo Romeo and Juliet” documents this story. Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, May 2013. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

19 May 2013

Pavle

Pavle, musician, rock singer, waiter, motorbike mechanic, Bosnia’s ex soldier he contributed to defend Sarajevo under the siege, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, february 2011. © Luca Bonacini. Copyright: the pictures on this site are the property of the author and cannot be used without permission.

17 Feb 2013