Sarajevo, September 19-24
MATTEO CESCHI and JIM MARSHALL
Opening, 7 PM
Avdage Šahinagića 6, Sarajevo 71000, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Tuesday-Saturday (4-9 PM)
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KO.existence is a b&w photo reportage by Italian photographer Matteo Ceschi and British based in Sarajevo photographer Jim Marshall inspired by the theme of the 2016 International Summer School “Rethinking the Culture of Tolerance” (organized by University Milan-Bicocca, University of East Sarajevo and University of Sarajevo with the patronage of the Italian Embassy in Sarajevo). Two photographers, without ever meeting in person, took pictures in their cities, Milan and Sarajevo, with a street photography approach. The title of the series (50 shots) came from a suggestion of one of the directors of the Summer School: the original “Co.existence” became “KO.existence” better tailored to the life of Western and Eastern metropolises. “Ko”, in the Bosnian language means “who?”, so the title is a pun implying a challenge to the viewers to rethink their notion of “coexistence” and avoid the danger of a social “knock out”. People sharing spaces and places every day, in fact “coexist”, in a neutral situation that has not yet developed into good or bad relationships. Starting from this initial position, each photographer has developed in his own style the different issues of contemporary co-existence trying to give substance to the suffix word “KO”.
“I started to shoot in a restricted central area of Milan with different cameras and different lights. I was looking for this kind of neutral situation, neither good nor bad. Each of my 25 frames – I collected 40-45 shots for this project – represents a possible first step for neighborly co-existence. Asian and African women at the open air market, a group of smiling Asian men as background to a businessman on the phone, a thoughtful tall man sitting in the local café – in my viewfinder all these subjects become the crossroads of co-existence. No judgment or opinion from me, just a well-trained passion for recording the world around me. Quoting the last Michael Jackson, This Is It!”