The 29th edition of the Memory Module opens with the photo exhibition “Sarajevo – City of Love and Suffering” by Danilo Krstanović on April 4.

The photo exhibition that will open this year’s 29th edition of the Memory Module’s cultural program on Thursday, April 4, is the exhibition of one of the most important Bosnian war photographers, Danilo Krstanović. The exhibition will be opened in the BiH Art Gallery at 6:00 p.m., and on that occasion the Award for Contribution to the Preservation of the Culture of Remembrance will be awarded, which will be awarded posthumously to Danilo Krstanović.

Photo: Danilo Krstanović

As part of the exhibition, symbolically titled “Sarajevo – the city of love and suffering”, a part of Danilo Krstanović’s oeuvre of war photographs from the period of the siege of Sarajevo will be presented. His photos thematize the everyday life and suffering of a man in Sarajevo during the period of siege, through 4 years of aggression. The title of the exhibition is derived from Krstanović’s interviews in which he talks about Sarajevo as a city of love and a city of suffering, explaining why he felt the duty to take photographs in the most difficult historical moments of its existence.

Photo: Danilo Krstanović

The director of JU MES, Nihad Kreševljaković, speaking about why we are opening with Krstanović this year, says:  “Danilo Krstanović was not only a photographer – he was a witness of time, truth and human strength. His photographs remain as a reminder of important moments in history, but also as inspiration for future generations of photographers. Take a good look at Danilo’s photos, because in the future they will be an indispensable part of the picture of the time in which we lived. Finally, Danilo’s contribution to Sarajevo was not only professional. In one of the photos we see him helping a wounded woman. He was a man with a big heart, known for his calmness and modesty. Through his work and personality, he inspired many colleagues and people around him, leaving an indelible mark in their hearts.”