We continue and present the projects selected by Les Nuits Photographiques 2015 awards, which took place on September 19th. Today is about “Srebrenica, Nuit à Nuit“, a coverage of Bosnia in 2014/15 by Adrien Selbert, member of the HansLucas Agency. July 1995: the Bosnian Serb army attacked the Muslim enclave of Srebrenica. Almost 8,000 men were slaughtered within 3 days. 20 years later, the city seems frozen in the obscurity of its history. A new generation wanders into its vestiges. They are as old as the genocide.
Srebrenica became a symbol of Serbian barbarism as well showing the futility of the United Nations trying to stop a genocide in a so-called “protected” zone, the city of Srebrenica lived for 20 years under the generous infusions of NGOs. International aid programs have enabled the return of inhabitants, the reopening of a few factories and the construction of a brand new supermarket in the middle of the buildings disfigured by mortar fire.
Living in Srebrenica is to experience this indefinable time that is post-war. If everyone knows when began this ‘after’, who can say when it will end? Wandering in this space where testimonies of times of horror and of peace cohabit, a question emerges: “Is there an end to the end of the war? ”
By discussing with local youth, we sense that the night of their history has never really lifted. The trauma is still very present in survivors, scars are still exposed on the facades.
A graduate of les Beaux-Arts de Nantes and Decorative Arts of Paris, Adrien Selbert, 30 years, is a director and a photographer.
5th edition of Nuits Photographiques
From September 17th to December 12, 2015
Pavillon Carré de Baudouin
121 Rue de Ménilmontant