Alban Lécuyer


Twenty years after the end of the Bosnian War (1992-1995), Sarajevo embodies the issues faced by contemporary cities with remarkable intensity: how do we find our place in a society marked by fragmentation (into distinct districts, into ethnic, religious or class entities)? How does one look to the future of a city undergoing tremendous change, with computer-generated images overlapping the reality of the urban landscape? Described as urbicide, the siege of Sarajevo was based on a desire to destroy the town in terms of cultural significance. This was a war against architecture and height, against communal living and the combination of cultures, against a unique coexistence between Muslim Bosnians, Orthodox Serbs and Catholic Croatians. Through the extrapolation of the architect’s visual vocabulary, the Coming shortly: Sarajevo series question the unique position currently held by Sarajevo, somewhere between a vague nostalgia for ex-Yugoslavia and the dreams of a Europe that appears to be retreating, between the ghosts of a war captured by press photographs and the immaculate iconography of the architectural projection. By exploring the distance between the reality of the city and imaginary depictions of it, this work shows the role of history in the ideal future displayed on the construction sites.


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