Exhibition period: 11th of September to 30th of September
Working times: Tue-Sun 10AM – 10PM
Opening: September 19, 2018 at 8PM
Location: Image of War Photography Museum, Hebrangova 4, Zagreb
Curator: Sandra Vitaljić
The Image of War Museum, inaugurated in Zagreb under the tagline “War belongs in a museum”, seeks to create space for public debate about war and its consequences all around the world. Rather than the snapshots presented in mainstream media, the aim is to give space to photographers’ wider, long-term projects and concerns regarding crucial global issues and the theatres of war.
The exhibition Up Close and Personal: War in Croatia curated by Sandra Vitaljić includes more than a hundred photographs by professional photographers taken during the war in Croatia (1991-1995), as well as testimonies of ordinary people who experienced the war in various ways. By offering a variety of perspectives rather than one single view and interpretation, it aims to encourage a dialogue about both the traumatic past and present-day conflicts that take on a disturbingly similar path.
The title Up Close and Personal stems from the recognition that the imaginary ideal of a neutral and objective witness is far from the reality of those who documented the war. It is this personal approach, tinted by an individual’s worldview, emotions and a sense of belonging to one side, that the exhibition wishes to emphasise. Combined together, photographs and testimonies offer a powerful and emotional portrait of the war: from everyday life and the suffering of civilians and soldiers to the devastation of cultural heritage, mass expulsions and the reduction of entire cities to rubble.
The grand opening of the museum will take place on September 19, 2018 at 8PM. The opening ceremony will be preceded by a guided tour with exhibition curator and photographers at 7PM.