Sarajevo: Politics and Cultures of Remembrance and Ignorance


  • Adla Isanović



dehistorization, depoliticisation, politics of visibility, cultures of remembrance and ignorance, fascistoid politics, auto-colonialism, coloniality, necropolitics


This text critically reflects on cultural events organized to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War in Sarajevo and Bosnia & Herzegovina. It elaborates on disputes which showed that culture is in the centre of identity politics and struggles (which can also take a fascist nationalist form, accept the colonizer’s perspective, etc.), on how commemorations ‘swallowed’ the past and present, but primarily contextualizes, historicizes and politicizes Sarajevo 2014 and its politics of visibility. This case is approached as an example and symptomatic of the effects of the current state of capitalism, coloniality, racialization and subjugation, as central to Europe today.

Article received: June 2, 2017; Article accepted: June 8, 2017; Published online: October 15, 2017; Original scholarly paper

How to cite this article: Isanović, Adla. "Sarajevo: Politics and Cultures of Remembrance and Ignorance." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 14 (2017): 133-144. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i14.199

Author Biography

Adla Isanović

Academy of Fine Arts, University of Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Adla Isanović, Ph.D., is Associate Professor at The Academy of Fine Arts of the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she teaches multimedia. She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Postgraduate School ZRC SASA (Ljubljana, Slovenia) where she finished her thesis on the theme of databases and art in the function of knowledge production in the digital age, under the supervision of Marina Gržinić in 2017. She completed her MA in “New Media” and a MA in Research-Based Postgraduate Program “Critical, Curatorial, Cybermedia Studies” at the Geneva University of Arts and Design, Switzerland. Her previous engagements include work as a researcher at Mediacentar Sarajevo, as well as being a visiting lecturer at the International University Sarajevo, the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, and the School of Arts of the University of Nova Gorica, Slovenia. She was also engaged on a number of local and international projects in the field of art, culture and media research.


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How to Cite

Isanović, A. (2017). Sarajevo: Politics and Cultures of Remembrance and Ignorance. AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, (14), 133–144.