Portrait in Sarajevo
Full Performance


“If you really want to listen to something special, you must check out Cincila”, Pierre Courtin, who runs the art gallery Duplex100m2, tells us. It does not come as a surprise that it is someone from the art world that introduces us to this young band from Sarajevo, where two out of three band members study at the Academy of Fine Arts. It is hard to classify Cincila who play regular shows with regular songs – an arty mix of pop, rock and funk -, but also mash up a jam session with action painting. When we meet them at the basement of Skenderija at the gallery Collegium Artisticum they choose to do the latter. “The idea is more like a ritual”, singer and guitarist Vanja Solakovic explains, “we’re getting there and putting our energy out.” For this kind of performance they put brushes on their guitars and paint with their instruments, or like Vanja puts it: “Something similar like a Jackson Pollock, but with music.” When the jam session turns noisy, the abstract painting is created with full body strength. Talking about the political situation in Bosnia, the lack of perspectives etc. gives some idea where Cincila’s raw energy might come from. It takes 15 minutes and the art work is finished.


  • Posted: July 8, 2017
  • Camera: Sarah Brugner, Michael Luger
  • Sound: Michael Luger
  • Post-Production: Sarah Brugner