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A Little History of Life and Death: Six Photographs of Nermin Divović in Sarajevo Under Siege

A Little History of Life and Death: Six Photographs of Nermin Divović in Sarajevo Under Siege Of the many news and personal photographs, international and local newspaper front pages, posters, and makeshift stoves and heaters that Sarajevans fashioned during the siege of Sarajevo—now displayed in the Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s permanent exhibition, Sarajevo Under Siege —one object stands out. It is a small blue-and-white striped handknit sweater that belonged to Nermin Divović, a Sarajevan killed by a sniper on November 18, 1994, when he was seven years old.1 Donated to the museum by Divović’s family, it lies stretched out under a glass case with a matter-of-fact caption printed on a rectangle of white paper resting atop. “Nermin Divović was a boy killed in 1994 by sniper fire, in the street Zmaja od Bosne,” it reads. “The bullet first passed through the body of the boy’s mother and then shot him in the head. Nermin’s sister, who was with them, escaped the bullet, because she was just one step ahead of them. Nermin loved drawing, football and toy cars. He was a pupil at elementary school ‘Edhem Muladbdić.’” Exhibited nearby is a black-and-white photograph by Spanish photographer Gervasio Sánchez: a portrait of Nermin wearing the sweater, holding a snowball in one hand in December 1993, during the height of the almost four-year-long siege of Sarajevo (1992–96). The same caption that accompanies the sweater is posted on another white rectangle of paper underneath this photograph [Image 1]. IMAGE 1. Nermin Divović’s sweater, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2018; photograph by Joscelyn Jurich. Since 2016, visitors to the Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, itself located just a hundred meters from where Nermin was killed, have been able to see this moving artifact that has inspired works of art such as Paul Coldwell’s Seven Sweaters for Nermin Divović (2018), a series of seven handknit sweaters … http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural Criticism University of California Press

A Little History of Life and Death: Six Photographs of Nermin Divović in Sarajevo Under Siege

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10.1525/aft.2019.463004
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Abstract

Of the many news and personal photographs, international and local newspaper front pages, posters, and makeshift stoves and heaters that Sarajevans fashioned during the siege of Sarajevo—now displayed in the Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s permanent exhibition, Sarajevo Under Siege —one object stands out. It is a small blue-and-white striped handknit sweater that belonged to Nermin Divović, a Sarajevan killed by a sniper on November 18, 1994, when he was seven years old.1 Donated to the museum by Divović’s family, it lies stretched out under a glass case with a matter-of-fact caption printed on a rectangle of white paper resting atop. “Nermin Divović was a boy killed in 1994 by sniper fire, in the street Zmaja od Bosne,” it reads. “The bullet first passed through the body of the boy’s mother and then shot him in the head. Nermin’s sister, who was with them, escaped the bullet, because she was just one step ahead of them. Nermin loved drawing, football and toy cars. He was a pupil at elementary school ‘Edhem Muladbdić.’” Exhibited nearby is a black-and-white photograph by Spanish photographer Gervasio Sánchez: a portrait of Nermin wearing the sweater, holding a snowball in one hand in December 1993, during the height of the almost four-year-long siege of Sarajevo (1992–96). The same caption that accompanies the sweater is posted on another white rectangle of paper underneath this photograph [Image 1]. IMAGE 1. Nermin Divović’s sweater, Historical Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 2018; photograph by Joscelyn Jurich. Since 2016, visitors to the Historical Museum of Bosnia-Herzegovina, itself located just a hundred meters from where Nermin was killed, have been able to see this moving artifact that has inspired works of art such as Paul Coldwell’s Seven Sweaters for Nermin Divović (2018), a series of seven handknit sweaters …

Journal

Afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Cultural CriticismUniversity of California Press

Published: Sep 3, 2019

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