DUBROVNIK…, the eternal story about the eternal City (1990- to the present day)
D.F. as he took photographs of Dubrovnik and its surroundings, produced this (first) exhibition in 1990, with the intention of taking it around Europe. From the very beginning, the idea of presenting Dubrovnik to the world, as the best known Croatian toponym and protected world heritage (UNESCO), was not understood in his homeland, and this did not change even later, when this valuable heritage was damaged in the war.
It was only due to an incredible coincidence that only one or two years before the beginning of the war in Dubrovnik region (1 October 1991) D.F.
IN THE MIDST OF THINGS, author’s monologues about the lack of dialogue (2012)
In a society that has had to face sharply up to the extinction of any kind of (especially, self-) criticalness, of any coherent criteria for the evaluation and promotion of genuine worth, in other words, with the consequences of that erosion that is systematically eating away at increasing areas of cultural production, Damir Fabijanić, it would seem, had no option but to head for the midst of things.(From the introductory text by Jasna Galjer)
THE FRUITS OF EVIL, a photographic conscience, in remembrance of the war in Croatia 1991-95 (1992-2007)
The Fruits of Evil was one of the first Croatian exhibitions held in Lisbon in 1995.It presented the author’s selection of 32 photographs of Croatian cultural heritage destroyed in the war in Croatia (The Homeland War) in 1991-92. The exhibition did not have a catalogue and the book was published only 12 years after the exhibition, after the author’s many years of unsuccessful attempts to publish it earlier, as a co-publishing project by the
THE SEA, 50 squares of sea surfaces (2000)
We are standing on the deck of this liner of ours and watching the gulls following the broad white strip, plunging headlong into it every time the boy standing on the other side of the rail breaks off a piece of bread and throws it into the sea; for the hundredth time we marvel how they manage to make out their morsel in this seething pot in which we see just foam. We are a little cross at the caring mother who doesn’t care for the boy’s game and brings him back to the bench from which he can only watch.
THE VILLA OF DUBROVNIK, the author’s dedication to future generations (2003)
The time when noblemen and citizens used to build villas and decorate their gardens in the vicinity of Dubrovnik belongs to the past…
The completion of this exceptional book was the result of the joint enthusiasm of Damir Fabijanić (photographs) and Nada Grujić (text), as a dedication to future generations. The photographs were taken in 1994 and 1995 at the time when these summer villas were enjoying their last days of serenity. In that era of analogue photography all the photographs were simultaneously taken on slides, with colour and black and white negatives of medium format. The pictures taken were not edited during processing for printing.
PAG LACE, dedicated to a disappearing heritage (1995)
The origin of the Fabijanić family motivated D.F. to participate in the realisation of this exceptionally successful exhibition, and not only as a photographer. The exhibition was held in the Ethnographic Museum in Zagreb in 1995 (exhibition staged by Nenad Fabijanić). The map / catalogue of the exhibition was created in cooperation with the young designers Bruketa & Žinić. It was presented as a visiting exhibition in many European locations.
The exhibition folder (format 32×32 cm) consists of cover pages with individual photographs (10 black and white photographs) and a catalogue (32 pages of 30x30cm format),