EVIL DOESN’T LIVE HERE

POSTERS FROM BOSNIAN WAR by Daoud Sarhandi

This book is supported by Open Art Association in collaboration with Rupert Wolfe Murray.

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EVIL DOESN’T LIVE HERE depicts the Bosnian War in locally produced propaganda posters and political graphics. All the material was collected by the authors shortly after the war ended; most was photographed in the field by Steven Gordon.

This “beautiful and terrifying book” (Laura Secor: LA Times) illustrates the entire conflict: from April 1992—when the first shots were fired in Sarajevo—through to its end in November 1995, when peace was agreed in Dayton, Ohio. The run-up to the war and the post-war democracy-building period are also covered in fascinating images.

A unique pictorial study of a major contemporary war and vital European history, EVIL DOESN’T LIVE HERE was first published to great acclaim in New York and London in 2001. Twenty years later the authors have updated the captions, commissioned additional texts, and added more than 50 previously unpublished posters.

EVIL DOESN’T LIVE HERE will engage all those interested in graphic design and visual communication, the politics of nationalism, and the tragic history—and violent demise—of the former Yugoslavia.

The authors of Evil Doesn’t Live Here are Daoud Sarhandi, an award-winning filmmaker and writer from the UK, and Alina Wolfe Murray, who trained as a journalist in her native Romania. The book has new forewords by Carol Wells, founder and director of the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles, and Bojan Hadžihalilović, a founding member of Trio design group, Sarajevo.

REVIEWS

LOS ANGELES TIMES
“A beautiful and terrifying book. Sarhandi’s introduction provides one of the best overviews of the conflict’s history to be found anywhere. And then there are the posters. Through them we experience, nearly unmediated, the power of propaganda and the emotional resonance of political art in times of terror. The posters speak to us as though we were there–as though we might enlist or resist.”

GRAPHIS magazine, NY
“Sarhandi does a nice job of summing up the Bosnian war’s mind-blowing complexity and placing the posters in their political and cultural contexts.”

CREATIVE REVIEW, London
“Sarhandi’s economic introduction surveys the war with a properly cynical eye. Perhaps more impressively, little opinion is threaded through the captions, which describe and interpret the illustrations.”

DANI magazine, Sarajevo
“This wartime collection is a valuable testament to the most difficult time in our recent history.”

EYE magazine, London
“Provocative. Passionate.”

RECOMMENDATIONS

«This book—without a doubt, one of the most significant books about the war in Bosnia—is probably the last document on war propaganda from the last century—a time in which there was no Internet, no TikTok, no Fake News.»

Bojan Hadžihalilović
Co-founder of Trio design studio in Sarajevo in 1985

«The book is an important contribution to understanding the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina. It also shows the value of posters as primary historical documentation. Most poster books use graphics to illustrate their perspective; this one uses them to illustrate the complexity of the struggle and the fluidity of the sides—an important lesson for understanding social movements or wars, or anything else for that matter. The way the posters are used is exactly what CSPG is trying to do. When I read this book 20 years ago, the Bosnian War was a distant and abstract story. I couldn’t understand how family, friends, and neighbours could suddenly turn on each other. Reading it now, in light of the Trump presidency, the book has an entirely different meaning: the message is more resonant, and the manifestation of such societal splits are already happening here.» 

Carol Wells
Director of the Centre for the Study of Political Graphics, Los Angeles

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