One of the treats at the Vis Green Academy in Croatia last week was seeing an exhibit of photographs by Marina Kelava, of Bjelovar, Croatia, who works as a journalist and photojournalist for Croatian Internet magazine H-Alter.org, which focuses mainly on environmental issues. The exhibit included a number of photos documenting various enclosures of the commons in Croatia as well as photos taken while covering large international events, from the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and the World Social Forum to the beginning of Radovan Karadzic’s trial at the International Criminal Tribunal.
Kelava graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Zagreb, with a degree in journalism. A larger collection of her photos can be seen on Facebook at Marina Kelava Photography.
I met Marina when she interviewed me for H-Alter.org. Then I saw her photos on the wall and was impressed by their power in depicting the personal, social and emotional dimensions of commoning, the social practices of defending and celebrating a community's shared wealth. The photos are simultaneously political and human, which is not always an easy thing to combine in rich, subtle ways. Kelava's photos do.
View from the untouched hill of Srdj above Dubrovnik, Croatia, where a huge golf project is planned and the civil initiative "Srdj is Ours" is fighting against it.