Uhvatio Maglu

by Olga kravets


A phrase [Uhvatio Maglu] in Serbian and Bosnian. It means to ‘catch fog.’ Used by a Bosnian man to me one afternoon in the rural wilds of eastern Bosnia, while drinking rakija. He used it to sum up the sixteen year-old hunt for ex-General Ratko Mladić, the most wanted man in the world after Osama bin Laden.
— Olga Kravets
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bozanovici, October 2010. Ratko Mladić’s home village of Bozanovici, about 40 km south of Sarajevo. He was born here on March 12, 1942 as one of three kids in a family of a partisan and a housewife.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bozanovici, October 2010. Ratko Mladić’s home village of Bozanovici, about 40 km south of Sarajevo. He was born here on March 12, 1942 as one of three kids in a family of a partisan and a housewife.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pale, October 2010. Mount Jahorina, close to Pale, about 15 km from Sarajevo, the administrative centre of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War. A destroyed JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) checkpoint, controlled by VRS (Republika Srpska Army) during the war.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pale, October 2010. Mount Jahorina, close to Pale, about 15 km from Sarajevo, the administrative centre of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War. A destroyed JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) checkpoint, controlled by VRS (Republika Srpska Army) during the war.

Indicted in 1996 for genocide and other war-crimes by the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, at the time Mladić was still on the run nearly twenty years later. He was sheltered and protected by diehard nationalists still loyal to him and the regime of now-dead ex-President Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia. Following the traces of Mladić, through the images of the places where he has appeared, stayed, lived, operated, hidden and visited, I reflect on his past, his sordid history and his grotesque legacy, but also of his enduring, immutable iconic status for the Serbian nationalist old guard.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Han Pjesak, 6 April 2011. A map of Yugoslavia on the floor in the military barracks of JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) near small town of Han Pjesak, where Ratko Mladić had an office during the war.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Han Pjesak, 6 April 2011. A broken desk inside the military barracks of JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) near small town of Han Pjesak, where Ratko Mladić had an office during the war.

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Han Pjesak, 6 April 2011. A broken desk inside the military barracks of JNA (Yugoslav People's Army) near small town of Han Pjesak, where Ratko Mladić had an office during the war.

Mladić was arrested on 26 May 2011 in Lazarevo, northern Serbia and on 22 November 2017 ICTY sentenced him to life imprisonment.

Left: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Han Pjesak, 6 April 2011. Restaurant Balkan outside of Han Pjesak, where Ratko Mladić was a frequent customer during the war, according to the proud owner Dragomir Borkovic, who decorated its premises with General's portrait.    Right: Extracts from Ratko Mladić diaries that were leaked to   Blic   online media from Serbia and published on 04/06/2009

Left: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Han Pjesak, 6 April 2011. Restaurant Balkan outside of Han Pjesak, where Ratko Mladić was a frequent customer during the war, according to the proud owner Dragomir Borkovic, who decorated its premises with General's portrait.

Right: Extracts from Ratko Mladić diaries that were leaked to Blic online media from Serbia and published on 04/06/2009