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The Blueline Gallery is launching their 2014 gallery series Alen Simić’s “Love and War in Sarajevo.” The art opening will be held on Friday, February 7 from 5-8 p.m. at the Blueline Gallery as part of Gallery Walk Bloomington. An artist talk with Simić will take place on February 13 at 6 p.m. The gallery talk is open to the public.

“Love and War in Sarajevo” tells the story of a city and a people who have endured the horrors and tragedy of genocide, the death of a nation and decades-long economic stagnation, and who in spite of these great obstacles have found ways to survive. Reminders of the past continue to haunt the minds of survivors, and yet despite their overwhelming losses we find an optimistic population and a city that continues to be, as it has been before, a cosmopolitan cultural capital and, above all, a place where love surmounts the demons of the past.

Born in Slovenia to Bosnian parents, who would later flee their native Bosnia and make a life in Germany, Alen Simić is a graduate of the Ernie Pyle Journalism School at IU and currently works as a freelance photographer and photojournalist in New York City.  Previous projects have included local human-interest stories and a series of photographs and articles devoted to the plight of orphaned Tibetan refugee children in Nepal.

The Blueline Gallery is located at 224 N College Avenue. For more information, visit www.bluelinestyle.com. For more information on Gallery Walk Bloomington, visit their website at www.gallerywalkbloomington.com.