"Portatori di colore" the project of Manu Invisible and Alessio Cabras for Srebrenica

28 June 2017

Manu Invisible and Alessio Cabras, travel to the Balkans
Marco Peri
The artist Manu Invisible a accompanied by the photographer Alessio Cabras made a trip to the lands of the Balkans, which in the 1990s is the territory of the cruel and fierce fight of the war.
An artistic research project to live the reality of a changing country that has overcome the drama of the war but still retains the traces.
For the two young artists, this trip means above all listening, watching to know and trying to understand.
The journey begins in Sarajevo, but Srebrenica is their destination, the small border town and contrasts, immersed in a mountainous area of ​​great naturalistic charm but indelibly marked in the memory college by the painful memory of the 1995 massacre when it was the most theater Serious genocide after World War II.
Srebrenica until the 1990s was a wellness area with about 40,000 inhabitants but suffered a severe depopulation during the war and even more recently when many young people decided to emigrate for good luck.
Today, Srebrenica is a place that seeks redemption with the will to look beyond. The city that presents itself to the two artists is a place populated by people of goodwill, there are many young people who resist and who dream of growing their own children here.
The network of contacts built by Italy by Alessio Cabras and Manu The invisible before departure is a bridge to interact with the local community. Their stay in Srebrenica is full of discoveries and meetings, first of all with Irvin Mujčić, who welcomed them in his home and accompanied the discovery of the city and its contradictions, answering all their questions and curiosities.
Irvin is a brilliant young man who has devised an ambitious project for his community, is engaging communities living in small villages around Srebrenica to recover some abandoned buildings marked by conflict, transforming them into accommodating structures that can accommodate new tourism. No longer the macabre of those who arrive in Srebrenica to observe the scars of war but a more "conscious" tourism that searches for its main reason for interest in nature and history.
Srebrenica is in a mountainous area, its name means "silver mine", the rural landscape in which it is immersed is dominated by green countryside and woods, a green with many nuances to provide wonder.
The works:
In a wall lining one of the main connecting routes in the center of Srebrenica, symbolically near an elementary school, the work Manu Invisible has given to the city of Srebrenica presents a deep and profound message.
The work stands out in two blocks of cubitali letters broken by a diagonal, two blocks that come together to give meaning to the word "CBHJEST".
It reads "SVIJEST" which in Serbian / Bosnian means "awareness"
The imposing size text begins with the Cyrillic characters of the Serbian language but the text continues in Western characters. A double alphabet for the same word, a common standard in this territory where languages ​​blend, but also a message that talks about the need for dialogue.
The diagonal fracture with which the text is divided is the metaphor of the history of the war-torn community. Two parts that come together, the sense of the word can not help thinking about the recent history, memories of these places, but it is also a vision of present time and more than any other hope for the future.
There is awareness of the experience that the conflict has left in the community and the awareness that there may be another happening also with so many young people as Irvin working to achieve sustainable and conscious development for tourism in this area.
The textural wall made by Manu Invisible, already of great communicative impact, is filled with new senses thanks to the pictorial intervention that gives body to the letters. The artist has found in the history of the community and in the territory the inspiration for this intervention. The chromatic scale of the whole work is inspired by the surrounding nature, the lush greenery of the countryside around the city, and is a tribute to the new tourist attitude that the territory wants for itself.
The CBHJEST is recognized within the landscape along the Drina River, the natural border dividing Bosnia and Herzegovina from Serbia. The banks of the river are the natural limit between the populations, but also the threshold that joins.
While Manu Invisible is at work, Alessio Cabras documents every action and collects new images for a photo photograph about young people in this place. During the realization of the great mural intervention the presence of artists in the small community



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