Photo exhibition of Velija Hasanbegović

Photographs taken by Visegrad genocide survivor Velija Hasanbegovic will be held for the first time at Central European University in Hungary on 23.03.2011. The exhibition is entitled “Visegrad Genocide Memories” just like this site.
Visegrad Genocide Memories blog (VGM) fully supports this project and will continue to do so in the future.
This is the first time in history that the Visegrad genocide has been documented and exhibited.
Image: Velija Hasanbegovic working. Photo credits: Selma Mumdzic
The Center for Arts and Culture and the Human Rights Initiative cordially invite you to the opening of:
Višegrad Genocide Memories:
photo exhibition of Velija Hasanbegović

Wednesday, March 23, 5.30 PM

Central European University, Exhibition Hall
https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=196758723690351
Opening speech: Velija Hasanbegović photographer

The photos and storyline were made by Velija Hasanbegovic, a survivor of the Visegrad genocide, who was 16 years old when he escaped from the execution at the Visegrad Bridge. His “Višegrad Genocide Memories” project got the award for best collection at the Exhibition of the Association for Art Photography BiH „Zenica 2010”.

Višegrad was occupied by the Yugoslav Peoples’ Army (JNA) in April 1992. A Serb government was imposed by the JNA which started terrorizing the Bosnian Muslim population. In May 1992, the Hasanbegovic family was put under house arrest by the Bosnian Serb authorities. Velija’s father, Zejnil, was a influential figure in the Višegrad Municipality. Bosnian Muslims were massacred and deported throughout Višegrad. On 17 June, around a dozen Bosnian Serb soldiers surrounded the Hasanbegovic house in the town center and arrested Velija, his brother Samir and his father Zejnil. They were brought to old spa called Visegradska Banja, which is located several kilometers from the town center. After being interrogated for about an hour, the Hasanbegovics were told that they would be exchanged for Bosnian Serbs. They traveled by car towards the town and stopped in Sase village where they were told to get out of the car. The three Bosnian Serb soldiers forced the Hasanbegovics to walk towards the Drina River bank. At this moment they realized that there is no prisoner exchange and that they would be executed.”

The opening will be followed by a reception.

2 Responses to “Photo exhibition of Velija Hasanbegović”

  1. We are proud of him. Congradulations

  2. I hope that this exhibition will get as wide coverage as possible, and not just in Hungary and Bosnia. Velija Hasanbegovic’s photographs commemorate an extraordinary moment when a drained lake gave up the concealed evidence of a crime whose victims are still waiting for justice from a continent that failed them.

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