Title: Do not Forget, Remember and Warn
Edition size: 21 unique books (monotype to same layout)
Materials: liquid emulsion, japanese papers, bookbinders linen, inkjet release
dimensions: 290 x 220 mm
Thinking about the devastation of Al Mutanabbi street in 2007 and the specific targeting of the richly pluralistic intellectual traditions of downtown Baghdad which destroyed with thousands of books and hundreds of lives, I returned to thinking about another moment of parallel significance and barbarity: the destruction of the Ottoman library of Sarajevo in 1992, in which over 700 manuscripts and 1.5 million books were burned: almost the entire cultural history of a famously intellectual and inclusive society. This attack was ordered by Nikola Koljevic, Shakespeare scholar and literature professor, intent on destroying the cultural and creative life of pluralistic Sarajevo and all it stood for.
This book began as a series of photos taken in the Library in 2006 and 2012 during its renovations, which were then printed onto glass on liquid emulsion. I have re- photographed these plates and release-printed them onto sheafs of handmade Japanese papers, whose transluscent qualities suggest layers of memory and fragility of the library and its ghost presences of lives and books which once were housed there.
At the entrance of the library reads a commemoration:
On this place serbian criminals in the night of 25-26th august 1992 set on fire National and University's library of Bosnia and Herzegovina over 2 millions of books periodicals and documents vanished in the flame
Do not Forget
Remember and Warn