ALL I KNOW IS THE WAY YOU MOVED YOUR HAND
It is unbelievable what I saw: the result of the continuous shootings from both sides at the same time. They would need lots of time and money to rebuild this wounded place. The office of City Link, in the middle of Hrasno, got a lot of visitors: people who were desperate because some of them had to live under very bad circumstances in half-destroyed buildings, without water or heating. If they were lucky they had a working elevator. Burned-out towers were their daily view. Sometimes they lived together with two families in a small apartment. No jobs and a permanent lack of money is marking their daily existence. They needed a lot of patience before it was their turn to get repaired what was necessary.
In the middle were five 20-level high apartment buildings. One of them was completely burned out, the others partly.
I listened to stories, how they tried to extinguish the fire, how people jumped out of the windows and how impossible it was to come close because of the ongoing shooting.
I’ve tried to imagine the lives and the feelings of these people, when I was climbing the stairs of one of those towers. I couldn’t find any personal thing that could have been left behind. Everything was burned; black pieces were hanging from the ceiling and the walls. Light from outside came through the many holes. I remembered the story of a little girl. Her mother was shot there in the middle of the room. And the same happened to her brother, a few days later.
But at the same time, I wanted to show my wish for the future, presented by children’s drawings from the primary school in Hrasno.
From metal, found in destroyed buildings around, I made a simple framework to hang in the sheets. In the background you could see the colorful drawings of the most beautiful apartments the children could imagine.