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Lara Ciarabellini

"Sommambulism" a book project

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Twenty years after the end of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Somnambulism discusses the importance of culture and urban fabric in the construction-destruction-reconstruction of the country. In four different stages, the reader will experience a metaphorical wandering of night and day walking between the old and new infrastructures, buildings and monuments. Firstly, in a once-upon-a-time journey between Sarajevo and Belgrade, historical events unfold the Yugoslav intercultural nation born after the Second World War. Then, landscapes still offended by the tragedy of the war and of the urbicide, reveal the collective amnesia of the 1992-1995 conflict. In the last two stages, the dualism between division and unity betoken the contemporary terrain of Bosnia and Herzegovina, marked both by the visible presence of religious monuments and by landscapes which uprise to avoid the oblivion of the multicultural common past. My photographs I meant to show the change in the web of intertwining layers of the Yugoslav and Bosnian collective memory in the last decades, adding a new and personal point of view in the analysis of the aftermath of the war. Poems, texts and archival pictures accompany reader’s journey.

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About Lara Ciarabellini
I'm an Italian photographer, passionate about Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Balkans and their intertwined history. I would like to describe myself and what I do, using the words of two friends of mine, great Balkan poets who wrote for the book: Fiko who said "her faithful companion, her camera, X-rays for due diligence of pain, animates the place where life stopped, not letting the oblivion devour it", and Dino, who said, talking about my pictures, "It's the past caught in the lens of the present".

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