bosnian art


Pencil Art 

Bosnian artist Jasenko Đorđević (aka toldart) creates amazing sculptures on the tips of pencils. Jasenko’s small works of art, depict subjects like flowers, animals, and portraits, all of which have to be magnified to fully appreciate the minute details.

The Broken Hearts of Srebrenica 

Mak Hubjer, a student from the Fine Arts department of the University of Sarajevo poses in front of his painting which is to be hung in the Potočari Memorial Centre for genocide victims in Srebrenica. He wanted to be photographed blindfolded and commented that his painting is his personal form of protest.

11 July, 2014

Interior, woman reading. Atanasije Popovic (Bosnian, 1885-1948).

In addition to religious themes, he painted portraits, and Herzegovina, Dalmatian and Bosnian landscapes and still lifes. The earliest works reveal the influence of the Viennese academicism. In later years he adopted the methods of the Impressionists.

“We called sniper alley the alley of wolves. We were young and boys and had nicknames for everything, first of all the girls. There was the Nanny, the Epilogue, and the Soulcrusher. We thought these nicknames very clever, breathless with truth. We were thirteen and easily excited. To be killed by a sniper meant to be deathwinked, a verb. I came up with that. I had a minimum understanding of poetry, a maximum amount of fear.”

From “Deathwinked” by Vedran Husić, recommended by Fine Arts Work Center.

Read it for free tomorrow in Electric Literature’s weekly fiction magazine, Recommended Reading.

Cover photograph by Suzanna Clarke.