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Belgrade 'Museum Of Violence' Shows Serbia's Ugly Side

The exhibition is designed to explicitly inform the general public about the problem of violence in society today.
The exhibition is designed to explicitly inform the general public about the problem of violence in society today.
An exhibition at the Belgrade Cultural Center's Podrum Gallery this month uses X-rays, medical reports, and personal testimonies to document the role of violence in Serbian society.

"Museum of Violence" focuses on acts of violence motivated by discrimination, domestic violence, and violence against minorities and other marginalized elements of society.

Curator Nevena Ilic tells RFE/RL's Balkan Service:

Everyone knows that violence harms people in general, but the effect is stronger when you see the picture. We therefore targeted visuals, so the atmosphere is a little horrifying, so that people realize that violence is bad.

As for me, it might even be better to have more photos -- that people just see injuries, bruises, swelling that cannot be seen through the X-ray.

The exhibition was put together by KulturPark, which has produced special cultural programs and works on cultural policies directed at young people.

Organizers plan to take the exhibition around the country.
Organizers plan to take the exhibition around the country.

Kulturpark's director, Radojica Buncic, told Balkan Insight that 10 cases would be on display along with lectures, debates, and workshops about violence. "This is only our first step, as we plan to tour Serbia with this exhibition," Buncic said.

Buncic adds that the setting is intended primarily for those who are not thinking about violence and don't notice it.

"I think it would be good for people to see what was happening to someone else, because after that experience they might change their minds on the issue of violence and perhaps take a more active approach to solving this problem," Buncic tells RFE/RL.

WATCH: The exhibition's official video

According to Sandra Orlovic, head of the Humanitarian Law Foundation, Serbian society persistently ignores violence.

What is more concerning about the lack of commitment of these institutions is the reaction of the political and intellectual elite to the violence that currently takes place in society, especially the violence that marked the 1990s.
It seems to me that we can often hear some uncivilized statements that this violence should be forgotten and the people who today are living with the consequences of this violence should also forget, so that there can be a brighter future and entry to the EU. It seems to me this is the leitmotif of today's Serbia.

-- Dan Wisniewski
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Comment Sorting
by: Jackson from: Canada
February 08, 2013 14:16
Seems to me this is a museum of Violence in General. Not sure why this article links this back to the wars of 1990 and the alleged role Serbia may have played there. That would be a different museum and all the responsible parties would have been on display.
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by: Camel Anaturk from: Kurdistan
February 08, 2013 17:42
Everybody knows serbs are the most violent people in world history-they killed millions of injuns,they commited all genocides in world history usually attributed to the peace and freedom loving moderate turkic doves and all this calls for another bombing of Serbia!!!
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by: Charlie from: Canada
February 08, 2013 20:42
What do you know about the Serbs? You are hoping for one more genocide. Please, before you attack someone, learn something about them! Let's see ... History, for example.
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by: George from: Canada
February 09, 2013 01:10
You are one ignorant person. Trolling for responses I see. I didn't know that Serb's were the most violent people in history. Hmmm didn't Germany try to take over the world .....twice????
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by: Tony from: Canada
February 08, 2013 17:45
"Alleged involvement"? Your kidding right?
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by: George from: Canada
February 09, 2013 01:14
Alleged ROLE.., no one denies Serbia's involvment in the Balkan wars. There is way to much evidence to the contrary of CNN, FOX, and the CBC that regularly demonized these people and continues to do so..

by: François from: Paris
February 08, 2013 15:59
This article shows just how desperate RFE/RL is to push defamatory articles about Serbia on its web site. You call this journalism?

by: Kathryn from: USA
February 08, 2013 18:32
I have been to Serbia in the past never saw anything mean. I think someone is trying to paint the Serbs as mean, people.
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by: Abdulmajid
February 09, 2013 18:46
Sure, not all Serbs are genocidal maniacs. So what? A majority of Germans weren't Nazis either between 1993-45, did that prevent the Holocaust or indeed WWII from happening? I still vividly remember the huge crowds in Belgrade, singing "Give peace a chance" before they were dispersed by Milosevic's riot police and thugs. That honors them, but did it prevent the genocidal anti-Bosniak crusade from happening? And today? All I ever hear is denial, blind visceral sanctimonious rage, crude jingoism, anti-Bosniak hate speech, Bosniak-baiting. Not one single word of apology or even regret. Not once "all right, they exist" or "OK, it is their homeland" or "they are human beings with red blood like us" or "Since they are not going away anytime soon we should learn to live with them". No, on the contrary, all I hear about Bosniaks from Serbs or people who purport to stand for them, can be resumed in their own hateful genocidal slogan "Noz, zica, Srebrenica". And then thes still have the NERVE of expecting me to blab their propaganda lies and to stand against my own. How low can they get? Especially when Serb literature from Njegos on to this very day talks exclusively about the subject of "getting rid of Muslims", and Ratko Mladic himself said it was genocide when it all started???
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by: Abdulmajid
February 09, 2013 22:19
Like I said I am still waiting for one gesture of reconciliation towards the Bosniaks. I know only too well there are Serbs who do; like Sonja Biserko, the Zene u crni, Ceda Jovanovic; there are quite a few Bosnian Serbs weho did not betray and butcher their Bosniak neighbors, most prominently the Serb viollages of Baljvina; and General Jovan Divjak. Their lives are as dear to me as those of my Muslim brethren. On the contrary there are Bosniaks who betrayed their own and they are no longer my brothers. (the names Fikret Abdic and Emir Kusturica, his reputation as film director notwithstanding, come to mind) I could not care less for them.

by: Abdulmajid
February 09, 2013 18:48
If they have no respect for the lives of thgeir own, how can one expect them to respect the lives of other peoples?
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by: Anonymous
February 10, 2013 00:31
Mr. Abdulmajid,
just read your comment. thanx. nice to hear that you acknowledge that "some serbs" at least are and were in favour of peace.

yet, before your judge "serbs" in their relation towards bosnia, albanians - kosovo, islam and muslims
you could read about the time when the turks raped, killed, sequestrated boys and women in the balkans and even in hungary, brought the innocent victims to turkey and raised them (the christian, serb, bulgarian, greek, albanian, armenians (even) etc. boys, of course) as soldiers and took the wives as concubines, slaves, wives and sometimes sold them to arabs.

so, understandably, a "majority of muslims" within a specific territory that was conquered brutally by the turks and subjugated during centuries raises some delicate questions.
(of course, many albanians and bosniaks had nothing to do with the violence, and undoubtedly their were some serbs who instrumentalized fear and history for their political gains and their pervert games.)

still, many places in the world that have a muslim minority that becomes more powerful in numbers not seldom this very minority starts claiming more and more territorial and even legislative and other concessions and, in some cases eventually demands independence (no autonomy!) from a sovereign state.

look at the history of
india - pakistan (less than 30 million muslims before 1947),
georgia - south ossetia (less than 72.000 people), abkhasia (less than 241.000 inhabitants, exclusively muslims; georgians were just ethnically cleansed, killed or expelled);

serbia - kosovo (velayat kosovo founded only in 1877 by the osman turks), discrimination and marginalization of serbs by a majority of albanians and even violence against them (what, apart form other factors - provoked the radicalization of some anti-albanian groups in serbia and eventually lead to inexcusable killings of many innocent albanians and serbs, the persecution of serbs, the destruction of churches, etc.

if albanians are truly descendants from illyrians and thrakians, some problems crop up with the islamization of christian albanians.
bosniaks as well, were islamized by the turks.

so, despite the fact that albanians in albania in kosovo and bosniaks in bosnia do and did live in relative peace together this might be due to the repercussions and influence of communism and socialism and due to individual perceptions of peace, tolerance, harmony and little knowledge about some of the radical (sometimes discriminatory) islamic teachings.

anyway, if you talk about respect and generalize, this does not really lead to wisdom and a more complex picture.
serbs are no angels, albanians and bosniaks though as they themselves know are no angels either.

besides, abdulmajid, if you defend bosniaks (inherently maybe albanians) and muslims in general, only because their majority is muslim, that's a pity.
look at bosnia, not much interaction between different groups. tolerance and respect would lead to a different behavior on all sides.

if you love peace and justice, you should also see and name some of the atrocities that are committed by muslims in the area.
what will you teach your children? to accept, tolerate, respect and help all humans or just a particular group?
why were so many different tribes/people created in the first place? of not to learn from each other...


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