The walls are peppered with bullet holes, while the remains of the blown up mosque act as a wood store. A young lad stops and looks down the street in both directions, comes closer but then turns away. After a few steps he spins round, comes back and says: – Everyone here knows what happened to the Muslims. They all know about the mass murder, but nobody can bear living with it. He then walks quickly away and disappears round a corner. A stop in the killing and a media withdrawal doesn’t mean the Balkan war is at an end. Jens Olof Lasthein’s book deals with daily life in the shadow of a war. Watching and waiting – between mortar attacks, after ethnic cleansing or before shots are once again fired. Photographs and texts came into being during travels in former Yugoslavia 1994-99.
55 color panoramic images • Text by Jesper Lindau • Translation to English: Peter Hogan • Editor: Gösta Flemming • Design and layout: Patric Leo • Hard cover with dust jacket • 245 x 195 mm • 132 pages • English/Swedish • 2000 Shortlisted for the Swedish Photobook/Best Photobook Award 2001. Included in Parr/Badger's The Photobook: A History volume II. Included in 802 photo books from the M. + M. Auer collection. Selected for Hasselblad Center’s exhibition Published – Photo Books in Sweden, Gothenburg Museum of Art 2018.