Sarajevo Walking Tours

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Sarajevo Walking Tours, performance/guided tour, 2014.

“Sarajevo Walking Tours” was a three days guided tour to discover Sarajevo while walking trhough Prato. Prato streets, architecture, landscape are used to imagine Sarajevo.

The two cities were phisically connected by a superimposition of their respective maps.

Three different travel itineraries were walked through during the three days. First the historical center, the Latin Bridge, The National Library, the churchs, the mosquees, the sinagogues simbols of a multiconfessional city; the second day was dedicated to Marijndvor, the frontline during the siege of Sarajevo; finally the new city center following the Milijacka river. Every day, for two hours, we walked in a city looking for another one: the Nationa Library in a building under restoration; the National Theatre of Sarajevo in a monumental cimitery of Prato; the Orthodox Church in a monastery; the Jewish Museum in the court of the building hosting a choir. Placed were paired by the rule established by putting one map on top of the other, at the same scale so the distance we made was the real distance between two places in Sarajevo.

During the guided tours some actors read texts about Sarajevo; moreover some acustical sug

gestion was added, like a musical performance of Albinoni Adagio, remembering the mourning made by the cello player Vedran Smailović after the burning of the National LIbrary, or some audio pieces extracted from original footage of the war provided by Sanel Agic, a Sarajevo boy during the siege, now living in Prato.

Because we were seeing Prato and listening Sarajevo.

I asked other artists to add their personal contribution in some places of the guided tours; Raffaele di Vaia performance of drawing insects in the Sniper Alley; Franco Menicagli that put his new sculpture in the Museum of Contemporary Art of Sarajevo, with a main collection of more than 130 works of international artists and no building to show them. The two cities recalled one another, as a game of mirrors.

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This work was conceived for the project Prato Sarajevo – Art Invasion, curated by the Pecci Center of Contemporary art, Dryphoto arte contemporanea, Kinkaleri and in collaboration with the The museum of Contemporary Art of Sarajevo, ARS AEVI. The main aim of the project was to connect the Italian and the Bosnian cities, addressing pressing issues in a social, political, and historical climate.

Tours guides: Alessia Cecconi, Alessio Zipoli, Massimo Bressan, Attilio Maltinti, Giusi Cappellini, Stella Carbone, Vittoria Ciolini.

Texts and music performed by: Cristina Abati, Sanel Agic, Francesco Rotelli, Francesco Mancini.

Artistic contribution: Raffaele di Vaia, Franco Menicagli, Chiara Bettazzi, Tatiana Villani e Manuel Perna.

Photo by Andrea Abati

Review on NYR magazine. http://notasyreflexiones.com/article-guide-valentina-lapolla/