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Démarche du projet
Cette série se concentre principalement sur les guerres de Bosnie et du Kosovo qui ont eu lieu de 1992 à 1998. Évacuant la dimension militaire, il préfère se concentrer sur les peuples touchés par l’enfer de la guerre par opposition à notre position confortable d’observateur passif. À travers sa propre perception, il dépouille de toute propagande les trop nombreuses images de ces horreurs et, ainsi, interroge la subjectivité de nos rapports parfois malsains avec les médias. Il s’agit d’une tentative de reconnaissance de notre responsabilité dans ces guerres, et ce, en tant que citoyens d’un pays membre de l’ONU. À l’aide de constructions architecturales fictives inspirées des théories de la sociologie de l’architecture, ses œuvres montrent la vulnérabilité du corps humain et l’effet pervers des symboles d’un milieu en ruine sur une société. Parfois enfantines, parfois complexes, ces constructions échappent à la logique et deviennent des objets narratifs qui se déploient dans l’image. —
Artist Statement
This serie is about the war in Bosnia and Kosovo in the nineties. Removing all the military dimension, the artist is focusing on the population touched by the horrors of war versus our confortable position of witnesses. Through my own perception, he removes of propaganda the too frequent images of horror we receive and make us ask questions about our sometimes unhealty relationship with medias. This is an attempt at acknowledging our responsability in those wars as cotizen of a country part of the UN. With the help of architectural construction inspired by the sociological theories of architecture, his artwork shows the vulnerability of the human body and the perverse effect of the war symbolism in an area distorted by ruins. Sometimes childish, sometimes complex, these constructions escape from logic and become narrative objects expanding throught the art. —
srebrenica

JULY 15 1995 – SREBRENICA ink (linocut stamps) on paper 15 sheets 20″x26″ complete artwork 108″x80″
The story
Stamped 2361 times… one for each identified body of the Srebrenica massacre.

On July 7 1995, The  Army of Republika Srpska (VRS) under the command of General Ratko Mladić invaded the city of Srebrenica, located in a UN protected zone. During the whole week, the soldiers will capture and kill the population trying to escape the city. We estimate between 6000 to 7000 victims, most of them males of any ages. 2361 victims have been identified to this day.

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THE WEAPONS screenprinting with soft pastel 40″x26″

The story

Snipers and systematic rape. Two ways of breaking the fabric of a society.
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44 MONTHS WITHOUT MOVING screenprint, charcoal and color crayons 40″x26″

The story

The siege of Sarajevo.Considered the longest siege in modern history with its span of 44 months. The main victims were mainly civilians inhabiting the city, incapable of escaping and under constant fire.
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I HAD CROATIAN AND MUSLIM FRIENDS screenprint, charcoal and sanguine 20″x26″

The story

The title is a quote from a serbian soldier stuck in the middle of the war in 1992. Later he will say: “Now, I grind them with machine guns.” A lot of serbian, civilians and soldiers with no idea what they are fighting for, paid the price for the driftings of some powerful men. If today we still focus on the albanian and muslim tragedy, we should be aware that the serbs paid the price too and were demonized. Reducing the conflict to “there is the bad guys on this side and the good guys on this side” is a typical mechanism of war propaganda and it cannot give any understanding of a situation.
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 WITNESS acrylic, charcoal and sanguine 20″x26″

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 THE PARTS screenprint on unbleached linen 39“x72″

The story

From an unknown soldier. “I spent my life working in this factory and now with the war, they asked me to protect it”. He is old, beaten and the amount of resignation in his face inspired this piece. “No doubts I will live and die here”.
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ANONYMOUS BUILDINGS ink (linocut stamps) and color crayon on paper 40″x26″

The story

Chains of buildings. Alike, destroyed, unrecognizable by the scars of war. Where most of soldier will find death. There will be no funerals or event, no note in a newspaper, they are only part of the numbers.
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VIGIL charcoal, acrylic and color crayons 35″x26″

The story

What is left. Marks of war and the permanency of everyday life.
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OUR LAND charcoal on paper 20″x26″

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ONLY UNITY SAVES THE SERBS Oil and charcoal with topographic map 39″x72″

The story

“Samo Sloga Srbina Spašava Само Слога Србина Спашав” Serbian slogan
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HERITAGE screenprint, acrylic and charcoal 20″x26″

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