Exhibition Zidovi/Walls will be opened at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday.
The exhibition is a part of the international project Observing Walls: 1989-2019. The project focuses on the walls in Europe today - understood as a physical reality and as symbols of division in divided cities: Berlin, Gorizia/Nova Gorica, and Sarajevo. These cities were selected based on their unique experience with walls, borders, and divisions of space.
The once-divided city of Berlin is an example of how one may approach the past in a constructive way to deal with the legacy of past trauma.
Gorizia, often wrongly referred to as ‘little Berlin’ in the media, lost a significant part of its suburban areas and citizens in 1947, when the new border line was drawn between Yugoslavia and Italy. In 2004, when Slovenia joined the European Union, the square between the two cities became the site of celebration of the symbolic unity of the two parts of Europe.
New invisible borders that came into existence after the dissolution of Yugoslavia divided the multicultural city of Sarajevo. Newly-built walls remained and shaped the meanings of the ideas of freedom and democracy.
The opening of exhibition will be preceded by panel discussion at 18:00 hrs, titled ’30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall: What is left?’
The exhibition at the Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina will feature photographs taken by Paul Lowe, who witnessed the 1989 events in Berlin and those in Sarajevo during the war, as well as photos by Danilo Krstanovic and Roger M. Richards, and video clip from the famous ‘Top Lista Nadrealista’ show dedicated to borders and walls and recorded even before the fall of the Berlin Wall.