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Today is the 20th anniversary of the end of war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and I’m opening an exhibition “Tour de Dayton”

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Today, 14th of December 2015, is the 20th anniversary of the end of the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The war ended in 1995 with a peace accord signed by Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian political leaders in Dayton, Ohio, USA. By this peace accord Bosnia and Herzegovina was devided into two ethnical entities, Republic Srbska and Federation of BiH. Locally this border is also named as Dayton border.

I decided to do a project about this border that never existed before, by documenting the border on a bicycle. I named the project Tour de Dayton. I cycled on this ethnical border and photographed Bosnian landscape and how it became a medium in the hands of new nationalistic politics and explore how this new nationalistic symbolism coexist with symbols of former Socialistic Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

I decided to cycle on the border with my camera and heavy duty panoramic head Manfrotto 303 plus (video-log about the gear). Why cycling? Bicycle is the best transportation system for a travel photographer, no doubt about that, plus I wanted to physically endure the path, the road, the border. I must admit immediately, that I haven’t succeed it, I didn’t cycled trough all the border, but only about 500 km on two separate occasions.

The reason why I failed is of boring financial nature. Not that I couldn’t finance the project, it is cheap to cycle, but I received a commission I couldn’t say no and I had to return back home and do the job. You know, the curse of being an artist, a professional photographer and responsible father at the same time plus on top of everything being born with workaholic disability of only two hands!?!?

Therefore I never exhibited my project, but today is the 20th anniversary, so I’m making sort of guerrilla exhibition in one of the best galleries in Slovenia, Photon Gallery. My exhibition will be on the walls for only today and tomorrow, since they are opening a new show on Friday and I jumped for a day or two.

Is it worth it, an exhibition for a day? Absolutely! I consider myself a documentary photography and I have this ridicules drive that I need to document the environment, to express my feelings about it and by doing it to experience the life fully. At the bottom is a video-log on the project, from 2011.

So I invite you to the opening of my exhibition today, on Monday, 20th of December, 2015, at 19:00 in Gallery Photon, Ljubljana, Slovenia.

Relevant links:

Wikipedia Dayton Agreement

Gallery on my website www.borutpeterlin.com

Photon Gallery

Blog post from 30. June 2011.

Blog post from 22.5.2007

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  1. Much success!! Kind Regards🙂

    miesvandenbergh

    14 December, 2015 at 14:47

  2. congrats!

    sloppy buddhist

    14 December, 2015 at 14:53

  3. Congratulations and best wishes from Vancouver,Canada .

    Geoffrey Wallang

    14 December, 2015 at 19:13

  4. Thanks Borut, A beautiful, reflective view of such a tragic landscape, I hope the exhibition goes well.

    Paul Glen.

    14 December, 2015 at 19:33

  5. I don’t know how I missed this post man. Glad you made it, even the guerrila way. Believe it or not, on 20th of December I was looking for some stuff on my parents house attic and I found your bag. The one you left cause it was too bulky for you to carry it on a bicycle. There was photo of a puppy in it. I could send it to you if you like.
    Stay well man!!!
    Leopardman

    Igor Motl

    9 February, 2016 at 02:30

  6. Puppy? Sounds like my Skar, the Siberian Husky? Or was it a German shepherd? You will gave me the photo when you will visit me and I could return the hospitality I received at your place.
    Thx!

    Borut Peterlin

    9 February, 2016 at 05:49

  7. It’s German Shepard. Ok. Dragana and have plans to go to Ljubljana and we will definitely come by. Looking forward to it. I have some information about Samarice family but I will send you an email about it. I didn’t forget.😉

    Igor Motl

    9 February, 2016 at 11:47


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