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Lara Ciarabellini April 2, 2012

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Serbia.

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.”