Annett Zinsmeister analyzes the former front line in that she explores paths, sheltered spaces and ruins as the results of an destructive urban act. Which protected paths can one still tread and at which speed can you move when you are searching for food or water and know you can be shot by a sniper – who might be lurking in an apartment building in neighboring Grbavica – completely randomly and at any time? How do people integrate the abnormality of a state of war into the normality of their everyday life? In addition to this analysis of a city marked by war is her personal report, based on diary entries, that paints a touching picture of the conflation of historical war conditions and individual destinies.
The artist and author, Annett Zinsmeister makes with this project a contribution – located between art, architecture, media theory and politics – to the understanding of urbanity in Europe, which is not nearly as peaceful as we would like to imagine. Jean-Baptiste Joly