Safe Area Gorazde

Thursday, 23 November, 2000: Joe Sacco
The Bosnian Institute, with Fantagraphics Books and the Sarajevo Center for Contemporary Arts (SCCA), sponsored the Bosnian launch of Safe Area Gorazde by the award-winning comic journalist Joe Sacco.

Sacco spent 4 months in Bosnia in 1995-1996 researching stories that are rarely found in conventional news coverage. His stay in the country led to a highly-acclaimed series of work, including Christmas with Karadzic, Soba, and his latest, Safe Area Gorazde. In 1998 Pulitzer Prize-winning artist Art Spiegelman commissioned Sacco to record sessions of the International War Crimes Tribunal at The Hague for Details magazine; his piece was hailed as one of the best pieces of journalism in the magazine's history.

Joe Sacco's Bosnian work has been profiled in The New York Times, The Sunday New York Times, Time Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and The Independent (London).

There will be a promotion of Safe Area Gorazde on Thursday, 23 November 2000 at 20.00 at Buybook, Radiceva 4, Sarajevo. Joe Sacco will be introduced by Srdjan Vuletic.

For further information please contact: Ajdin Basic, SCCA, tel: 033-665-304 or Helen Walasek/Nermin Mulalic, The Bosnian Institute, tel: 44-20-7243-2900.

"His drawings capture Bosnia more convincingly than photographs or Christiane Amanpour" Joel Stein, Time magazine.

"Not since 1992, when Art Speigelman won the first ever Pulitzer Prize for cartooning with Maus, has anyone from the demimonde of comics portrayed the effects of war so intimately and powerfully." Men's Journal
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