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Les Jeux d’enfants (Children's Games)

Théâtre Am Stram Gram

Genève, Switzerland

February 29, 1996-2021


On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the end of the siege of Sarajevo which lasted 1425 days, as a homage to murdered, and the children who survived it,  work "Children’s games" was exposed at the main entrance of the Am Stram Gram Theater in Geneva. 


As Am Stram Gram Theater is conceptually dedicated to children, the logical sequence was to expose photographic work with the symbolic title "Children’s games" on its façade in occasion of the 25th anniversary of the end of the siege during which 1,601 child was killed. The name of the work is derived from a painting by Pieter Brueghel (1560) in which he shows children immersed in their games with the seriousness that adults show in their more important occupations, and his moral was that children's games have as much meaning in God's mind as their parents activities.


The photo, which is part of photographic series “DUM DUM 1992-1996", was taken in the spring of 1994 in Salvador Allende Street on the Sarajevo’s war frontline. The children on the photo are from four families who, aside with author, remained living in a ruined building on that frontline, which is today the administrative dividing line.


From 2015, the work "Children's Games" is part of the War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina). In may 2022, on the occasion of 30th anniversary of the siege of Sarajevo, the work was commisioned by Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) in Santiago (Chile).

Les enfants, 1993, Sarajevo, Andrej Derk
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