This body of work is inspired by Sarajevo Roses, which are monuments to the civilians who lost their lives on the streets of Sarajevo. Mortar shells falling on the city left characteristic splattered imprints on the pavement. Wherever a mortar shell caused one or more deaths the imprint was filled in with red resin.Its distinct shape resembles the image of a flower hence they were named Sarajevo Roses. The sublime beauty of Sarajevo Roses is captivating. It lies in the conflict between the beauty of these red shapes on the pavement and the meaning they carry.
by Nina Rupena
11.541 civilians were killed during the siege of Sarajevo. The siege was the longest siege of a city in European history.