THE SNIPER

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

Revealing how wartime memories are intertwined with family and childhood memories, Jušić reminds us of the power of autobiographical work in questioning history and conflict. 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

“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 minimal but effective 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


Initially the autobiographical nature of the work is not apparent: a hand is seen drawing a red dot on a white surface, accompanied by a female voiceover reading a series of diary entries. As the image of a soldier’s face gradually emerges on screen, the accompanying voices start talking over each other and the entire work becomes increasingly abstract. The climax comes on the date of December 3, with the words, “My father, the sniper, was shot by a sniper into his right eye.” This last statement not only draws all the different narrative strands together; it also defines the autobiographical nature of the work….

Curatorial article for Image Counter Image exhibition, Haus der Kunst, Munich
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Photography used in creation of video, unknown author, September/October 1992

CONFLICT: Art and War, CAS, London PHOTOS