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Lara Ciarabellini April 2, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Serbia.
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Ratko Mladic Supporter, Serbia 2011

Lara Ciarabellini (b. 1971, Italy) decided to leave behind her degree in Business Administration and a twelve-year carrier as a business consultant to follow her passion for documentary photography. Since 2010, she has been undertaking personal projects to explore the Balkan region in its effort to resolve and move on from past conflicts. Her on-going work “If chaos awakens the madness”, on the consequences of the Dayton Peace Agreement in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been short-listed for “The Aftermath Project 2011”. Lara is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication.

About the Photograph:

“The picture belongs to the project If Chaos Awakens the Madness, which aims to describe the ‘cold peace’ of daily life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. When the war criminal Ratko Mladic was captured in Serbia, his supporters organized a protest against his arrest since they still consider him a valorous soldier and a defender of the fatherland Serbia. While people were gathering in front of the Parliament in Belgrade and waiting for the speeches, the man stopped me and proudly showed me his son with the t-shirt of Mladic. Then, he forced the child to salute me. An example of one of the many drops of poison, whose schizophrenic effects constantly threaten the future of the country and are part of the endless aftermath of Bosnia and Herzegovina.”

Boogie September 23, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Serbia.
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Belgrade, Serbia 1996

Boogie (B. 1979, Serbia) began photographing rebellion and unrest during the civil war that ravaged his country during the 1990s. Growing up in a war-torn country defined Boogie’s style and attraction to the darker side of human existence. He moved to New York City in 1998, and now lives and works in Brooklyn. He has published five monographs, IT’S ALL GOOD (powerHouse Books, 2006), BOOGIE (powerHouse Books, 2007), SAO PAULO (Upper Playground, 2008), ISTANBUL (Upper Playground, 2008) and BELGRADE BELONGS TO ME (powerHouse Books, 2009). His clients and publications credits include Nike, Lee jeans, The New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, Playboy and Vibe magazine. His work has been exhibited in Paris, New York, Tokyo and Istanbul.

About the Photograph:

“Living under Milošević was like living in a mental institution. It was apocalyptic. Pensions and salaries were three to five U.S. Dollars. People, especially the old and retired, were literally starving. The streets were empty. There was a shortage of gasoline, so there were very few cars on the street. And then, in the middle of the night, you would see a police truck cruising slowly. There were protests against Milosevic every day. In the beginning they were peaceful, so I didn’t go. I don’t believe in peaceful, passive resistance. It’s either grab the gun and go to the woods or sit at home. But then they turned violent. The police were very brutal, beating protesters mercilessly. And that’s when I started to go out and shoot photographs. Milosevic wasn’t sure cops from Belgrade would be tough enough—they might not want to beat on their neighbors. So cops were brought from other parts of Serbia, huge cops with mustaches, in riot gear. I ran from them a few times. Scary.”

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Nicole Tung July 1, 2008

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Kosovo.
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Albanians at border crossing between Kosovo and Serbia. 2008

Originally from Hong Kong, Nicole Tung is now based in New York where she is in her third year at New York University, double majoring in Journalism and History. She intends to go into TV broadcast and documentary, and is currently interning at ABC News, contributing to Humanus, NYU’s Human Rights Journal, and attempting the freelance life on the side. Recently, Nicole was awarded the NYU DURF Grant which supported her trip to go back to Kosovo in December 2007.

About the Photograph:

“These Albanians are on their way to an enclave which is located in Serbian territory, and each time they want to go between Kosovo and Serbia, they have to cross a border checkpoint. The enclave they live in is called the Presevo Valley– dominated by Albanians, but legally under the Serbs. I feel like this photo is representative of the Albanians there. A month before Kosovo was set to declare its independence from Serbia, the former province underwent a subtle transition to prepare itself for the long-awaited day. Kosovo spent eight years under UN administration, following the war in 1999 in which NATO intervened on the Albanians’ behalf to drive out Yugoslav forces. Life there is marked by frequent water and power outages, and many socio-economic problems, and while Serbs remained uncertain over their future, Kosovar Albanians were confident that they would have their own country within the first few months of 2008.”

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