Sarajevo Red Line
Dado Ruvic / Denis Ruvic / Midhat Mujkic
Midhat Poturovic / Amer Kajimovic
07-19 April 2014
“Sarajevo Red Line” was a monumental memorial event, one of those that mark the cultural history of a country. This event took place on April 6th, 2012 along the main Sarajevo street. It was the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Siege of Sarajevo 1992-96.
11,541 red chairs, one for each Sarajevan killed during the Siege, were arranged in 744 rows (as an audience). The line stretched for 800 meters from the central Sarajevo monument for the WWII victims – “Eternal Flame” to the Ali-pasha Mosque. The tens of thousands of the survived Sarajevans came to pay the tribute to their beloved once. The concert for the killed audience took place on the main stage. The chairs remained empty during the concert and the rest of the day. The people were leaving the messages.
All major world media reported all day long about this event.
The siege of Sarajevo was an emblematic event of the 20th century. It has had global consequences and became one of the cautionary events in the world’s history. It was Susan Sontag who said the sentence that has since become legendary: “The 20th century began in Sarajevo with the Sarajevo Assassination and it ended there - with the siege of Sarajevo. “
“According to the data gathered by the Sarajevo-based Research and Documentation Center, 11,541 persons were killed during the 1992-1996 siege of Sarajevo. This death toll includes 643 children.
I often find myself trying to imagine how these individuals would have lived today, were they not killed. Most of them, both men and women, were between 20 and 45 years old. Today, they would have been workers, bakers, professors, engineers, artists... They would have had their families; some would have had grandchildren. What is it that they would have liked? What is it that they would have admired? They would have creatively contributed to this city and this country; they would have had celebrated their birthdays and New Years, they would have had their vacations at the Adriatic Sea, they would have gone skiing on the Olympic Mounties. Instead, they were killed. They are our silent heroes.”
Haris Pašovic, author of the project
The exhibition was produced by the East West Center Sarajevo and the City of Sarajevo.
“Sarajevo Red Line”exhibition features the photographs of the Sarajevo photographers: Dado Ruvic, Denis Ruvic, Midhat Mujkic, Midhat Poturovic, Amer Kajimovic and is curated by Beste Gürsu and Haris Pašovic.
Opening: 7th April 2014 at 18.00
Venue: Beyoğlu Municipal art Gallery İstiklal Cad. Tünel