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The stop-motion short Vijećnica explores the former national library of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo, originally built as a city hall under the Austro-Hungarian Empire in an eccentric Moorish-revival style. The building’s flights of fancy here dance around and subvert the horrors of the past – the assassination of Franz Ferdinand upon leaving the building, and the fire-bombing of the national library by the Yugoslav People’s Army in 1992. The images are entirely composed of hand-carved rubber stamps made to scale based on fieldwork conducted on site in March 2022.

Funded by Creative Europe, via the project Imaneo.