Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scenes from around Sarajevo - Days 1 and 2

It's midnight now and I'm afraid if I do not post today (our second full day in Sarajevo) this blog may never happen. We've had a packed day at the Pitchwise Festival so I've been taking every spare moment I can to get out in the street and take photos. I will post more about the festival and the work that Girl Be Heard has been doing here tomorrow.

Sarajevo Roses 

The red marks on the pavement are called Sarajevo Roses and are found throughout the city. They mark where bombs fell during the war from 1992 through 1995. The country is still rebuilding from the devastating civil war which killed close to 40,000 civilians and 60,000 soldiers. This Sarajevo Rose is on the corner of a cathedral in the center of the city. Sarajevo was the site of intense urban warfare and thousands of mortars fell on the city during the siege.

I'm particularly interested in how people (and cities) reclaim identity after conflict and war through art and have been reading up on Sarajevo Roses. Here is a short article to learn more: http://www.odditycentral.com/pics/sarajevo-roses-painful-war-memories-etched-in-asphalt.html

Tram

This is right outside of our apartment and one of the first photos I took upon arrival. 

Surrounded by Mountains

The photo doesn't do it much justice but the city is surrounded by mountains and is quite breathtaking - especially at night when everything is lit up. 

Street View
Sharing this photo of the street I took from the perspective of a mirror. 

Old and New
I sat on the swing in this park with a stray dog for a few minutes taking in the surrounding buildings that are riddled with grenade explosions and gun shots. These parks are common throughout the city and were installed about 10 years ago. This visual is a reminder of how war memories are still visually very present throughout the city. Many of the buildings that were destroyed during the war have been rebuilt with the visual wounds remaining. This photo doesn't do it much justice but you can see the 

 A Warning to the EU
I'm learning a lot about the European Union and the role it plays (directly and indirectly) in politics here. My favorite thing is hearing from the locals their perspective on culture and politics. There are many signs like this one throughout the city calling internationals to action and reminding people "Never Again". 

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