The tragedy of Srebrenica in the artistic work  Cover Image

Tragedija Srebrenice u djelu umjetnika
The tragedy of Srebrenica in the artistic work

Author(s): Fikret Bečirović
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts
Published by: Naučnoistraživački institut »Ibn Sina«
Keywords: heavenly; cosmic; assumption; creation; light; darkness; Bosnian; separated worlds; unity of diversity; the cry of Srebrenica; waiting for a miracle; prayer; the river Drina; the river Bosnia; lamenting Srebrenica; barbarians; morning offering; moon

Summary/Abstract: A retrospective exhibit presenting 45 years of work of Nesim Tahirović from Tuzla, an artist of intentional reputation, entitled Distant Paths, remained open for public for two months (from 26 May until 1 August 2010) at the Collegium Artisticum gallery in Sarajevo. Art lovers and those who appreciate spirituality praised the exhibit, or rather, the collected works of Nesim Tahirović, equally astounded by the magnitude of his oeuvre and the power of symbols in his expression. With such attributes, the exhibit can certainly be described as miraculous and rare. The artist himself, who mastered his craft with the celebrated professor Kosta Hakman in Belgrade, worked on portraits, nudes, landscapes and other forms, but he decided to find his own path in an authentic form of artistic expression, in the symbolism and specificity of versatile materials he used. His words, or rather his “image-sculptures”, do not use canvas. Instead, the surfaces of tin, aluminium or copper serve as the foundation for mosaics of different shapes, reminiscent of the fine lace produced in Bosnia, though Nesim produces it using different nails. The filigree foundation is merely an introduction, since the artist presents a composition of surreal images, all at the front and all equally important. Thanks to the powerful interaction, the relations, the correlations and symbolic messages; those characters seem to be realistic reflections of certain events, characters, conditions and situations. At the same time, his characters seem to have their own individual identity, as well as a collective one, in the overall mosaic that presents several stories at the same time. In his artistic work, Tahirović speaks of real events, as well as events, conditions and characters of transcendental and metaphysical provenance. He speaks about cosmic relations: Creation of the World, Heavenly Construction, A Heavenly Occurrence, Heavenly Apparition, Heavenly Throne, and many others, perceivable only through imagination. In that sense, this particular series is akin to philosophy and science, since it leads us to wonder, for example, about how the Greek philosophers (Leucippus and Democritus) came to understand the finest element of our world, the atom? Through imagination, of course. It was their philosophical imagination that created atomic physics, an important science of our time.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 48-49
  • Page Range: 316-329
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bosnian