Lilium Bosniacum

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Lilium Bosniacum

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Lilium Bosniacum is a project that was thought to be realized in collaboration with scientists (e.g. botanist). It would include experiments in order to see if the Bosnian constitution - based upon the Dayton Peace Agreement in 1995 - could be translated, one way or another, into “natural law”.
Dayton Peace Agreement was reached in November 1995 at USA Air Force Base near Dayton (Ohio), and formally signed on 14th December 1995 in Paris. It brought peace to the country torn up by war which started on 6th of April 1992. Today, this peace agreement which also serves as the Bosnian constitution has become a political nightmare. Its complex structure makes any kind of progress in Bosnia seem impossible.
Lilium Bosniacum (a.k.a. golden lily or Bosnian lily) is a lily native to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bosnian Lily is also a symbol that has been used in Bosnia since Middle Ages and it became especially popular during the rule of Bosnian king Tvrtko I Kotromanić. With the invasion of Ottomans into the region and the fall of Kotromanić Dynasty, the symbol went out of use. On 1st of March 1992, when Bosnia and Herzegovina gained independence from Yugoslavia, lilies were brought back onto the Bosnian flag. In 1998, after the protests of political representatives of the former Herceg-Bosna and Republika Srpska, the flag of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina was replaced. The idea of the project is to try and create a set of rules and genetically modify Bosnian Lily in order that it complies with the complex structure of Dayton Peace Agreement. In collaboration with scientists (e.g. botanist), the project includes experiments in order to see if this specific “constitutional law” can be translated, one way or another, into “natural law”. All of the process would be photographically and video documented, in order to produce a book/herbarium and a short video documentary. Finally the goal would be to register this “hybrid lily”, if successfully created, to the EU database of registered plant varieties. 
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Creator

Hasanović , Ibro

Date

2014

Contributor

Scipioni, Elena Lydia

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image/jpeg

Language

English

Type

Still Image

Rights Holder

Ibro Hasanović
MoRE museum

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Citation

Hasanović , Ibro , “Lilium Bosniacum,” MoRE, accessed June 25, 2019, http://www.moremuseum.org/omeka/items/show/98.

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