Sarajevo Singular Plural. Contributions in Honour of Zdravko Grebo, edited by Jakob Finci, Wolfgang Petritsch and Christophe Solioz (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft | Southeast European Integration Perspectives, vol. 14, 2022).
This volume, published in honour of Zdravko Grebo (1947-2019), offers a selection of contributions — essays, photography and artworks — focusing on Sarajevo as “multiplex city”, and mirrors a multi-disciplinary collaborative investigation process.
Sarajevo exemplifies that “being with”, both subtle and volatile, neither amounts to a conventional sort of political correctness nor to a — repeatedly instrumentalised — simulation.
Moving beyond the well-intentioned discourse of the melting pot, a discourse unable to reach the very things it is talking about, the book screens how “being with” — at a time co-existence, exposure to each other, and hybridisation — is translated in the permanent metamorphosis of a city bonding past and future. The challenge is thus to rediscover the energy and poetic productivity of the “Sarajevan text”, by freeing old “sentences” as much as possible from their patrimonial hold and, above all, by making it possible to read new “sentences”.
Analysing the (dis)continuities, the scars but also the prospective of Sarajevo, the urban space is scrutinised from a diversity of perspectives combining approaches inspired by architecture, urbanism, literature, art, anthropology, history, philosophy, social sciences and politics.
Embracing “plural urbanism”, the volume views the city, on the one hand, as ceaselessly active and perpetually changing, and, on the other hand, as multidimensional and collaborative systems made by highly reactive projects, connecting a wide range of “drivers for change” involved in reflexion and negotiation, joint ownership, reinvigorated local democracy and “commutative solidarity” — paving eventually the way to a new social contract.
“Being with” — an action rather than a substance. It is not, it happens, affronts, confronts, transforms, develops, recomposes, combines, rechannels.
The city deserves an approach with reserve. A reserve avoiding betraying its subject by identifying it too well. Accordingly, the volume presents — instead of holistic approaches — fragments as much as single words and sentences simulating the act of walking. “Only thoughts that are won by walking have value.” (Nietzsche, "Twilight of the Idols", Maxims and Arrows 34).
The city discourse is created foremost by the flâneur, wandering onlooker as he moves through the space and discovers the city as text, as hieroglyphic text to be decoded. Thus, the urban space offering traces of meaning that lost in looking for itself and (re)inventing itself.
With first confirmed contributions from: Jean-Luc Nancy | Benjamina Karic | Almin Zrno | Ferida Durakovic | Edin Hajdarpasic | Amir Vuk Zec | Edin Numankadic | Sabina Tanovic | Sejla Kameric | Jasmina Husanovic | Emina Kujundzic | Nermina Zagora | Dina Samic | Yvana Enzler | Igor Stiks | Gordana Andjelic-Galic | Nenad Stojanovic | Askim Mujkic | Nina Knezevic | Milomir Kovacevic | Haris Piplas | Dario Dzamonja | Mak Hubjer