Survival Art Museum '92 (Jelly Bomb)

Year of Production
Location of Production
Dom Izvidjaca (Scout's Hall) Sarajevo
Country of Origin
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Original Format
Multi-media Installation: Exhibit Pavilion, Theatre performances, Movie screenings and Music concerts.
Original Language
The Siege of Sarajevo 1992: an hommage to practical, cultural and personal Survival; preserving and presenting the Innovation, Ingenuity and Creativity of ordinary citizens. This project was the first organised form of Cultural Resistance to the mechanism of terror within the besieged Sarajevo.
Research Period
The besieged Sarajevo and globally via Media reports.
Multi-media Installation: Survival Art Museum pavilion was a reconstruction of a traditional home in a siege setting. It was made in real size and out of recycled materials – displaying Survival artefacts and innovations, an Art exhibit, Fashion display, Film screenings, Music concerts and Theatre plays.
This was the first stage of the project (1992) which will culminate with the 'The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996' Museum (opening planned in 2014 in Sarajevo)


Suada Kapic
Ognjenka Finci
Amra Zulfikarpasic
Art installation
Nedzad Begovic
Zdravko Grebo
Amina Begovic, Mirza Halilovic, Zan Marolt
© FAMA International


Because of their influence, those who watch, observe, analyse and explain meaning to the masses are considered a kind of elite; however if this elite use faulty methodology or have impure intentions, it can lead to disastrous consequences. We, the founders of FAMA, the first independent multi-media company in the former Yugoslavia, were fully aware of the sensitivity of the area in which we chose to invest. From the very beginning of the disintegration of Yugoslavia, we knew that documentation, of all types and forms, would play a vital role in the fate of current and future generations. In keeping with our own personal principles, our methods rely on fact, oral history and recorded documentation (documented documents). It is through our unique insight and gift of foresight that we have been able to develop a step by step methodology that 'makes the obvious visible'.

Gaining insight. This involves watching events attentively with an open mind as an observer rather than a participant, in order to note significant elements of the observed phenomenon; then putting these elements together to identify early signs of any emerging dominant trends that might launch a new process of cause and effect.

Continuing research through oral history. Those who participated in an observed event talk about their own experience of it, without commenting on other participants. These elements are recorded in photo/video format.

Structuring the research. Putting first hand facts and documented documents of a particular event, period or phenomenon into a structure that transfers this knowledge in a form acceptable to an audience, devoid of any indicators that would point to a conclusion. Readers, viewers, students, researchers draw their own conclusions on the basis of the given format.

Converting the structure. This phase involves producing a format suitable for mass production (maps, albums, films, encyclopedias).

Creating a study pack. We have created an educational pack consisting of different sections that can be used for different levels of education, as our unique contribution to the interpretation of the period 1991-1999.

Survival Art Museum '92 (Jelly Bomb)

Two months after the city was completely closed off, it became clear that the new reality (that of destruction, shelling, sniper shooting, deportation, termination of communication, inability to leave the city) has to be accepted as a permanent condition. Accepting a distorted normality as our normality implied a change of the way of thinking as well as loss of habits presenting measures of a civilization that was no more. The need for balance made us realize that we must create as they destroy. And so the process began of establishing a balance between destruction and construction (A Bosnian House was the only facility built in Sarajevo during 1992-1996), between fear and freedom, hunger and creations, cold and work as the law of survival.

About the project

Survival Art Museum '92 (Jelly Bomb) is a part of FAMA Survival project. The exhibition joins two themes: reconstruction during the siege and the art of survival. The central exhibit is A Bosnian House, the only construction built amidst general destruction during the siege of Sarajevo. It was constructed from the ruins of the Yugoslav Army barracks and remains of destroyed houses. The project also includes The Screen of Dreams – films about the pre-war Sarajevo, Bosnian Magic Pots – an exhibition of wartime meals, Mahala fashion – 20 different war uniforms seen around Sarajevo at the time, Water Picnic – an exhibition of water canisters and carts, Stoves of Love – a collection of homemade stoves, Boomerang Weapons – a display of ammunition created from the shells fired on Sarajevo; Shadows in the Darkness – homemade lamps and Survival Guide – Sarajevo.