FAMA Collection

The FAMA Projects (created by FAMA Authors/Team in Sarajevo) are considered the world's largest independent Collection of multi-media projects pertaining to the Siege of Sarajevo (1992-1996) and related events in reference to the Fall of Yugoslavia (1991-1999). Over the years, the collection has grown amidst impossible conditions (the siege and post-war transition), in a variety of pioneering concepts, topics and international acknowledgements. In addition to its scale, historical-educational importance and mapping approach to documented documents and collective memory, the Collection itself projects a new approach to documenting facts and evidence, and mapping-out the causes and consequences of events in a genre accessible to a wide-spectrum audience. Historical circumstances (the war in former Yugoslavia 1991-1999, and the siege of Sarajevo in particular) determined the issues we were to deal with. FAMA team followed the proceses that led to the war, and followed the four years long destruction of a Sarajevo, European city at the end of 20th century , we followed the disappearance of a civilization and the establishment of a new one. They followed the trends of world politics, the mechanisms of humanitarian assistance, the role of international media which contributed to the final lifting of the siege by covering it day after day... They saw how creativity helped people to resist the terror, and understood how powerful an open mind can be. We realised the power of human nature, and closely followed societal changes in a besieged city. And we gradually created a Bank of knowledge.

Srebrenica - Mapping genocide and post-genocide society

For decades a war of interpretation has been waged in this region. In the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina, with numerous special interests, it is easy to overlook the simplicity of the truth - which is clear when you consider only the facts.
As our contribution to determining the facts, as opposed to the existing political manipulation of history in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region, we are presenting the project/education pack “School of Knowledge: Srebrenica - Mapping Genocide and the Post-Genocide Society”. The education pack was prepared in several formats, taking into consideration various possibilities of presenting the lectures and their aim, and bearing in mind different target groups (students, Internet users, organizations, educational institutions, libraries, thematic conferences).

Mapping the Dayton Peace Accords

School of Knowledge: Mapping Dayton Peace Accords project can trace back its origins to 2000, when Miran Norderland and the FAMA Team obtained permission from Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and his publisher Random House to use his book “To End A War” for the creation of the FAMA Album: “The Dayton Peace Accords: Mapping Negotiations.” The objective of the project was to visualise and contextualise the road to Dayton by mappingout the U.S. Shuttle Diplomacy and Peace Proximity Talks in Dayton in a way that they could be accessible to a wide range audience.
The Bosnian war was considered “the greatest collective security failure of the West [in Europe] since the 1930s.” This is the story of how the United States led the effort to end the Bosnian war and forge the Dayton Peace Accords in 1995.
The Dayton Peace Accords is not just a peace treaty that keeps Bosnia stable and in peace; it is an opportunity to learn why and how the accords came to fruition. We hope that this Educational “Study Table” will enable you to contextualise and visualise the events that marked the end of the 20th century, and continue to shape Bosnia’s future.

Sarajevo Survival Map 1992-1996

The uniqueness of this map among attempts to visualize the history is also due to the uniqueness of the Sarajevo experience: at the end of the twentieth century, a European city came under the longest siege in the history of warfare. For four years people could not get out of the city on which the entire world's media was focused 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Survival map was created on the basis of documents and photographs taken during the siege, in order to produce an image of altered geography of a city isolated from the rest of the world although under the eye of the world media.When future generations start to research this phenomenon and the period of disintegration of Yugoslavia, this map will make it easy to understand the city's geography and its limitations during the siege.

On November 4th, 2016, Maps and the 20th Century: Drawing the Line opens at the British Library. The exhibition will celebrate the rare beauty and astonishing variety of 20th century maps, it will explore how maps became increasingly present in 20thcentury lives. From the first sketch of the London Underground from 1931, to declassified Ministry of Defence maps to Sarajevo Survival Map.
*The British Library has one of the world’s leading map collections, (4.5 million maps collected in 2000 years of human history.)

Encyclopedia: ‘The Siege of Sarajevo 1992-1996’

First of its kind compilation of FAMA projects produced between 1992 and 2000. It is the most comprehensive presentation of the daily experience of the Sarajevo siege, with special supplements about the Fall of Yugoslavia and negotiations of the Dayton Peace Accords. It shows different levels of the siege phenomenon, from existential to cultural, political, military, religious, educational, mental and personal survival. In addition to its rich and unique content, the project was able to launch a new approach to education and research methodology.

'The Fall of Yugoslavia 1991-1999'

Acclaimed writer and historian Noel Malcolm was impressed by the success in presenting an issue that usually takes 1000 pages – on just one sheet of paper. He praised the succinctness of description of a series of historic events and their adjustment to the historical map format. Knowing that the war had different features not only within different countries of former Yugoslavia, but also within each city in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo, we decided to give a graphic presentation of the nature of war in each of these units. It was especially important to explain that all the four wars were encompassed by a single framework.

CONCEPTUAL PROJECT: ‘The Siege of Sarajevo Museum - The Art of Living - FAMA Collection’

The Siege of Sarajevo Museum – The Art of Living (FAMA Collection) project is launching a new way of interacting and learning about the phenomenon of the Siege of Sarajevo by focusing on the Art of Living. The Museum will be a unique depository of human knowledge – where human ingenuity, creativity and intelligence were captured amidst the urban post-cataclysmic realm. It is a heritage snap-shot of faces and voices that have shaped the longest siege in the modern history of mankind.
The objective is to bring the story of the Siege in juxtaposition with contemporary events, obstacles, fears and aspirations by mapping-out the facts, evidences, causes and consequences as educational reflections for 21st century. As such, the Museum aims to become a symbol and a monument to Human Mind – Achievement – Survival - Creativity – Ingenuity that was unveiled by Sarajevans during the four years of multi-level terror for the benefit of a global audience. This is evidence based project whose transfer of knowledge aims to equip individuals with capacity to respond to the 21st century Risk Society by inspiring them to seek meaning in their everyday lives. The Art of Living is today's New Normal that can be learned and applied.

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‘The Art of Survival’

THE ART of SURVIVAL which the city of Sarajevo mastered during the four-year siege could offer answers to many challenges facing our civilization at the outset of the 21st century – how to survive disasters caused by nature or by humans and how to overcome fear from threats and terror induced by an invisible enemy.