Nelly Ollivault, born in Rennes (France) in 1979. She studied cinema at the university before starting to work as a film editor, mainly for feature films. Self-taught photographer, she began in 2014 her first long-term project in Sarajevo. She shows a special interest in history and the traces of past. As an editor she also collaborated with photographers and worked for the photographical screenings of the festival ImageSingulières in Sète (France). She lives and works in Athens.
The image of Sarajevo seems to be frozen in the war period of 1992-95, when it became a symbol of urbicide, the planned annihilation of its historical, cultural and religious heritage, with the aim of erasing the past in order for the aggressor to claim its exclusive legitimacy. Yet the city has not only survived but is still full of cultural traces which bear witness to a rich history. By turns Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian or Yugoslav, Sarajevo was slowly built in a succession of eclectic neighborhoods and the city can't be boiled down to any specific historical period. It seems like it belong to any, and at the same time, to each of the nations who cross it. A urbs aeterna.