Afterwars (Sarajevo, Bosnia 1998)
The photographs in ‘Afterwars’ were taken in and around Sarajevo in the aftermath of the Bosnian war. The subject is the apartment blocks that bare the scars of war, but also the location of growth and the renewal of life. At first sight the images appear formalistic, making reference to modernist grid paintings, but on closer examination the images reveal a tension between appearance and reality. The images of ‘Afterwars’ are not moralistic, they do not mourn the devastation of atrocious deeds, nor do they commemorate the lost past of Bosnia. The images are instead attempting to capture the force of life that conditions our existence, generates optimism and nourishes renewal and continuation.