As part of the sixth Al Jazeera Balkans Documentary Film Festival (AJB DOC), an exhibition of black and white photographs of Đorđe Kostić, Al Jazeera’s Digital Redaction producer and correspondent from Belgrade, was opened at the Bosnian Cultural Center (BKC) in Sarajevo, reports Anadolu.
Symbolically named “Rights”, Kostić’s exhibition, guided by the theme of this year’s AJB DOC, consists of 30 newspaper and documentary photographs, taken at various events throughout the region that the author covered for Al Jazeera Balkans.
“It’s the first time I’ve seen my photos in analog form, the first time I’ve seen them tangible like this, so outside of a digital format, outside of a computer or a web portal,” says Kostić, admitting that he welcomed the opening with great excitement.
He added that he was glad that his first exhibition was set up in Sarajevo, because it is the city where I recorded my first black and white photographs and to which he is inextricably linked.
“I dedicated it to this city, as well as Al Jazeera Balkans, my ‘second home’ and AJB DOC, because without the people behind the Festival, none of this would be possible,” he said.
Visitors to the exhibition have the opportunity to view 30 journalistic and documentary photographs that the author recorded over the past five years throughout the region.
In a series of photos from protests against lithium mining in Serbia, the author gives visitors an insight into the struggle of ordinary people for the right to clean air and water. At the same time, it shows what the fight for clean air looks like on the streets of Belgrade.
He also recorded with his lens other protests that the people of Belgrade took part in. Many, like the protests organized during the lockdown, ended in riots. There are, among other things, the “Serbia against violence” protests, which still keep citizens whose demands have not been met on the streets of Belgrade.
In addition, Kostić shows the fate of refugees from Ukraine, Syria and other countries with the photos presented in the exhibition, while with photos taken in Turkey he shows the poignant moments of rescuing people from the ruins in Izmir.
The exhibition will be open to all visitors until the closing of the AJB DOC Film Festival, with free admission.
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