Honorable Mention / 2018 / Press / Feature Story

Wound

  • Photographer
    Chak Lui CHAN

The History Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina is one of the significant museums in Sarajevo, which shows the art collections and historical objects of WWII, former Yugoslavia and the Bosnian War. When I visited the Museum in November 2017, it looked like abandoned. The exterior decoration and wall were badly damaged though it is in operation. During the Bosnian War between 1992 and 1995, the road next to the Museum was infamous and called Sniper Alley. Over 11,000 Sarajevans were shot and killed under the siege. Yet the War ended over 20 years ago. A Bosnian lady came and talked to me angrily when I walked around. Though I didn’t know what she said, I knew from her body language that she wasn’t annoyed with me but her government and country. The War is over but the Museum is same as war time. Time freezes.The wound is still bleeding.The wall speaks.

Born and grew up in Hong Kong, Max Chan owns a multidisciplinary background and holds a Diploma in Advertising Design, a Bachelor's Degree in Cinema & Television, and a MA in Cultural Management.

Chan has extensive working experience in the creative and cultural industry. Started his career as TV assistant producer and creative writer, he is now working as arts manager of organizing and promoting cultural programmes. With years of board experience across different spheres, Chan was invited to be the Art Gallery Committee & Juror Member for SIGGRAPH Asia 2011 & 2013. It is Asia's largest annual event in computer arts and interactive techniques.

He is also an award-winning artist who received prizes in the Prix de la Photographie Paris (PX3), International Photography Awards (IPA), Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), London International Creative Competition (LICC) and Arte Laguna Prize in Venice, just to name a few.

Email address: chanmax@gmail.com