THE SNIPER

Original title: Snajperist
Single channel video, color/sound
Camera: Ervin Babić
Editing: Adela Jušić
Duration 00:04:09
Language: English
Year of production: 2007

The aggressor’s sniper campaign against the population of the besieged Sarajevo during the last war was an inhuman violation of the rules or customs of war, directed principally towards civilians.
My father has been a member of the Bosnian Army from the outset of the war through 3 December 1992 when, as a sniper, he got killed by a sniper bullet which hit him in the eye.
Right before his death I found his notebook into which he continuously, over several months, listed how many soldiers he had killed during his combat assignments.

Still images from video

“What is called into question in The Sniper is the reality of war itself, in an attempt to go beyond nationalist, ethnic or religious issues which have been the main point of discussion throughout the post-war period.”

Read full text by Alessandra Ferrini HERE

Exhibition view “SPA PORT”, International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

“THE SNIPER narrates the parts of a notebook in which artist’s late father kept file on his actions in 1992 as a soldier in the war. This narrative is paralleled by the minimalistic but affective visualization of the artist’s hand drawing a red circle behind which the photograph of her father will appear as brought to life by her memory.”

Branka Vujanović

Exhibition view “Continuity”, Center for Contemporary Art, Celje, Slovenia

Photography, black and white, unknown author, September/October 1992

Link: Image Counter Image, Haus der Kunst, Munich

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