Variable geometry: contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
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BLACKWOOD, J. 2015. Variable geometry: contemporary art in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In Lydic, L. and Westphal, B. The silence and the word in the aftermath of the Yugoslav wars. Limoges, France: PULIM, Chapter 11.
The notion of “conflict” in contemporary art in BiH is multi-faceted. The artistic processing of the catastrophic legacy of the 1992-95 war of ethnic aggression is still ongoing; internationally, the works of artists such as Sejla Kamerić, and Nebojša Serić-Šoba, are perhaps the best known pieces of contemporary art made in BiH. But, as we shall see in this essay, notions of post conflict and transition in the contemporary art world require a breadth of vision at once more detailed, and subtler, to process fully. “Conflict” is about so much more than the events of 1992-95; presently, it stands as much for a conflict between the artistic community, and a political class utterly indifferent and ignorant to its potential value.