Jušić Adela

gallery 90-60-90, 2013.

‘Goodnight Stories’

spatial audio installation

Together with Lana Čmajčanin

During the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina, people lived and slept in the cellars, sometimes not leaving it for weeks. Sarajevo was under the siege for 1425 days. That is the longest siege of the capital in the history of modern wars. It was impossible to live in the houses/flats due to constant shelling. Buildings had cellars with small chambers, each for every apartment. They were transformed into dormitories. Since they were originally storage rooms, they were really small, 1m x2m. They were full of old or unnecessary things. When shelling started in Sarajevo, people cleaned them and placed beds in them. There was no space for anything but beds, and sometimes 3 people would share one.

It is hard to imagine how it is to live in the cellar. People formed their special community there, together with new rules and new survival schemes. They shared everything, food, clothes, joy and misery. We collected stories through written and audio interviews about what was going on in those cellars during the war. The audio installation has 6 stories of our friends and cousins, aged from 10-14 at that time. / L.Čmajčanin. and A. Jušić


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Adela Jušić was born in 1982 in Sarajevo. She graduated from the Academy of Fine arts in Sarajevo. She founded the Association for Art and Culture CRVENA. She has exhibited in many international exhibitions. She is the winner of the Zvono award for the best Bosnian Young Artist in 2010, Henkel Young Artist Prize CEE 2011 and the Gallery Charlama Award for the best young artist in 2012. She lives and works in Sarajevo.

Lana Čmajčanin was born in Sarajevo in 1983. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. She founded the Association for Art and Culture CRVENA, and is an active member.
She is a member of the Association of Applied Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions. She lives and works in Sarajevo.