The ultimate street art gallery to visit in the Balkans

by Lejla Bećar

Place: Visoko Tags: #visoko #sarajevo #bosnia&herzegovina #art #wall #wallcut #exhibition

The town is Visoko. The building is an abandoned grain tank. The artists are called HAD. The technique is wallcut. And the results are superb.

The popular travel blogs and bloggers who have visited Bosnia and Herzegovina often write about the lack of quality street art pieces in Sarajevo, usually concluding that this form of art is undeveloped in our country. But they aren't aware that only 30 kilometers from Sarajevo there is an industrial building where they could experience a mindblowing environment, which is a haunt for contemporary art in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

WALLS by HAD was opened on 9th of August 2015. The artist collective HAD presented a monstrous art exhibition, which showed the true power of conceptual art. They transformed an abandoned industrial building into a modern art gallery using lights, music, wind and darkness, in order to make it unforgetible experience for people who came to see it. The exhibition was a huge success and it was open for 5 nights, as HAD insisted that it can be only visited during the night.

HAD showcased 15 artwork pieces made by using technique they call wallcut. One of the member of this artist collective, Anel Lepić, explained: „Looking at the technical part of our artistic expression, we use all kinds of hard surfaces, mainly walls. We scratch, carve and engrave wall layers to achieve depth and create a form of a human portrait, a technique similar to woodcut and linocut. We use basic tools like hammers, chisels, knives, drills, etc.”

The artist collective itself is quite specific, as it brought together 3 young artists with different backgrounds. Muhamed Hamo Bešlagić is a student of architecture, Anel Lepić is a fine artist and Damir Sarač is a street artist. Once they have decided to work together it was obvious that no traditional art form would be enough to satisfy each of their preferences. So they created their own way of expression. The grain tank has become their playground, but it turned out to be much more.

Months have passed since the exhibition was officially closed, but members of HAD still go there often, working and creating in the abandoned space. The grain tank shaped them as much as they have reshaped the walls of the building. The building itself was never opened as a gallery, as it is the private company property. But doesn't that corroborate this project purpose? If the space was transformed into a traditional space for displaying artwork, it would lose its role as an ultimate street art gallery.

So, next time you visit Bosnia and Herzegovina make sure to stop by and visit this street art gallery. I asure you that there is no way for you to be dissapointed.

 

For more information about the grain tank and the artists visit www.hadartwork.com