"Résonance, from the Chemin des Dames à Sarajevo" by Gérard Rondeau
For over twenty years, Gérard Rondeau has been following the tracks of the First World War from the plains of Flanders to the trenches of Verdun, with special emphasis on the Chemin des Dames and the Champagne region.
With the novelist Yves Gibeau (author of the legendary Allons z’enfants), who was fascinated by the 14-18 War, he tirelessly trod the paths of tragedy looking for the ghosts of The War To End All Wars. After Gibeau’s passing in 1994, Rondeau became, inspite of himself, the regular witness of his desertedpresibitary. In Reims, a martyred city which became a symbol of the war in France, for which he has long been a silent chronicler. Rondeau based his personal interpretation of the ravaged city on the work of the young surrealists of the Grand Jeu.
Between 1992 and 1996, Gérard Rondeau made several journeys to the besieged city of Sarajevo, a European victim of the last trenches of the century. There, he found his friends, including Zlatko Dizdarevic, then editor in chief of the daily newspaper Oslobodenje. Together they published, amongst other things, Sarajevo, Le Silence et Rien Alentour (Sarajevo, Silence and nothing around).
A back and forth between Sarajevo and the east of France, between 1914-1916 and 1992-1996, Rondeau’s singular journey through the geography of the traces of war and time passing is based on the contemplation of the landscapes of the First World War and the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Blending personal stories with those of specific witnesses, Rondeau takes us through his motionless peregrinations on the paths of war, telling of his grief over the dying presbytery, the silence of the ravaged countryside, and of death, absence and remembrance.
Initiated and organized by the association Paris Sarajevo Europe. With the support of Mission du Centenaire, in partnership with the French Institute in Bosnia and Herzegovina.