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Mezzanine Gallery
29 August – 15 September 2019, Rich Mix, Shoreditch


There is nothing more powerful than a story; yet photography storytelling is about one’s own perspective. Which story do you want to tell? Fifteen resounding female documentary photographers attest that images can empower, drive social change and reframe harmful narratives. These artists stimulate critical thinking about local issues in relation to Female Lives – lives and human rights alike. The exhibition showcases a blend of different stories which reflect a plurality of approaches, ranging from gender and feminism to sexuality, from domesticity and rural lives to marginalised people such as Roma and LGBT community, from soup kitchens to modern selfie culture and communist grandmothers. These photographs examine identity and human vulnerability. In the present world, a single image can shift public opinion. Coming from Southeast Europe, these photographers have captured post-war contexts, streets and landscape, travel and architecture. They belong to different genres; while some have made their mark in documentary photography, others are praised for fashion photography. Altogether, they deserve accolades for their achievements and recognition in their native countries. 

Photographers: Katja Goljat, Jelena Jankovic, Marija Jankovic, Imrana Kapetanovic, Boryana Katsarova, Sanja Knezevic, Glorija Lizde, Lazara Marinkovic, Dijana Muminovic, Mia Novakova, Andjela Petrovski, Roxana Pop, Senja Vild, Marcella Zanki and Jelena Zigic.


Panel Discussion
Speakers: Katja Goljat (Slovenia), Marija Jankovic (Serbia), Imrana Kapetanovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Dijana Muminovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Duska Radosavljevic (moderator, University of London)




Katja Goljat is a self-employed professional in culture and a freelance photographer based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. She is active in the field of contemporary and documentary photography. Her work depicts themes which excite her personally, revealing her own intimate world or taking her to other worlds. She is interested in stories of people whose lifestyles are a result of social transformations and deviate from the cultural norms. For her, the camera is a magical device which translates her feelings and realisations into images.


Jelena Jankovic is a Serbian photographer with a strong artistic vision. She explores human nature and the psychological aspects of relationships through a full spectrum of photographic genres – from documentary to theatre, fashion and conceptual photography. Her photographs and projects are created through exploring people, situations, sensations, light, colour, and imagination. She has exhibited in Istanbul, Kuala Lumpur, London, Mexico City, Moscow, Tbilisi, Tokyo, Siena and Zagreb. She has received a number of international awards.


Marija Jankovic is a photographer and photojournalist whose work has appeared in numerous exhibitions, newspapers and media portals. For many years, she has also worked on large photo projects involving documentary and artistic approaches, mostly focusing on different social and historical contexts. Currently Marija is a photo editor for the Belgrade-based magazine Vreme, in Belgrade. In addition to exhibitions and numerous awards she has received locally and internationally, Marija has also published numerous books, including Bazars ottomans des Balkans (2009), Becoming a Mother in Neoliberal Capitalism (2012) and Traditional South Serbian Cookbook (2015).


Imrana Kapetanovic is a documentary photographer and professor of photography from Sarajevo who has participated in many projects, artist colonies and residences, formal and informal photographic education, etc. Before launching her own school of photography, she worked for the Digital Media School in Sarajevo, delivering photography workshops for young journalists and media professionals. As a member of the Association of Applied Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Association for Art Photography in Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has participated in more than a hundred exhibitions and received several prestigious awards. Imrana’s work deals with various cases of discrimination, with a particular emphasis on the position of women, and this is why she has also participated in a number of campaigns seeking to bring about changes.


Boryana Katsarova is a freelance photographer from Sofia. Her remarkable work has been featured around the world by Al Jazeera, CNN, Der Spiegel, The Financial Times, Foreign Policy, Le Monde, The New York Times, as well as by Amnesty International, the Open Society Foundation, Photo Services of the European Union, and many more. Boryana was the 2014 Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Grantee for Ukraine: Crimea Under Siege, together with the journalist Dimiter Kenarov. In her personal projects, she is interested in contemporary social issues which can provoke a long-lasting dialogue and hopefully result in greater tolerance and understanding. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and festivals in Australia, Bulgaria, Cambodia, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, New Zealand, Russia, UK and USA.

Sanja Knezevic is a documentary photographer, with a degree in photography from the Faculty of Applied Arts, the University of Belgrade. She is a regular contributor to the National Geographic Serbia, with a focus on common humanity and long-term social projects. When travelling, she enjoys exploring new places and capturing decisive moments. In the period 2012–2014 Sanja lived in Jakarta and used her time to explore the region of East Asia and document everyday life of the local people. Moreover, she was selected to participate in two masterclasses about documentary photography, organized by World Press Photo in Berlin (2010) and Noor-Nikon in Bucharest (2011). She is also a board member of the Association of Applied Arts Artists and Designers of Serbia, and the owner of Photo Finish Studio, specializing in event photography.


Glorija Lizde is a Croatian photographer, with an undergraduate degree in film and video, and a postgraduate degree in photography from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. Her photographic work has primarily been concerned with themes evolving around memory, identity and family relationships. She has had five solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions organized by QUAD Gallery, the Gallery of Fine Arts Split, the Museum of Arts and Crafts Zagreb, ULUPUH Gallery, etc. In 2017, Glorija was awarded the Deans’ Award for her photography series F20.5. She is a member of Croatian Association of Visual Artists.


Lazara Marinkovic is a journalist, documentary photographer and media producer from Belgrade. Since 2009, she has been involved in producing and promoting various cultural and socially-engaged projects locally and internationally. More recently, her media work has focused on the refugee crisis, sex work, queer culture, human rights, general politics and so on. Lazara’s work has appeared in Serbian press as well as international outlets such as BBC, VICE, Al Jazeera, The Calvert Journal, Dazed and Confused, Delayed Gratification, Kosovo 2.0 and many more.


Dijana Muminovic is Bosnian-American award-winning documentary photographer focusing on stories of immigration, human rights and people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she is also the founder of the first community photo program, Skola fotografije. She worked as a medical photographer for non-profit organizations and also mentored people who use photography for mental health recovery. In 2015, Dijana documented Syrian refugees and as a result, was a guest speaker at various universities including Allegheny College, Ohio University, the University of South Florida and Western Kentucky University where she talked about her own experiences as a war survivor, a refugee and then a photojournalist. She has participated in many exhibitions, including a solo exhibition in the US Congress. Moreover, her work was awarded by Hearst, the Alexia Foundation and PhotoPhilanthropy, among others.


Mia Novakova is a Bulgarian photographer, with a degree in photography and graphic design. In addition to her achievements, she tends to stress that photography became her true passion after a period of depression and unfulfillment; it gave her the freedom to create images that fit her artistic vision, but most importantly, it helped her encapsulate her own experience through colour and light. She is fascinated with the way the world looks at night, especially architecture. Accordingly, a common subject in her work are the grey monolithic buildings in Bulgaria, which are emblematic of the communist era. As she explains, everything in her work is a bit introspective.

Andjela Petrovski is a Serbian photographer, with a degree in photography awarded by the Faculty of Applied Arts in Belgrade. She is primarily interested in analog and digital photography, and she has mostly dedicated herself to documentary photography. Andjela has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as photo and art workshops. She is a creative director of the photography magazine Balkanium, dedicated to the Balkan region.


Roxana Pop is a Romanian photographer. In 2012 she went to the United States to develop her visual storytelling and documentary skills, and to explore a culture that is very different from her own. With the support of a Waller Fellowship Grant for Investigative Journalism, she returned to Romania in 2013 to work on a project about the Rosia Montana gold mine protests. A year later, as a Fulbright student, Roxana completed a postgraduate study in journalism at the University of Missouri, after which she lived in Virginia assisting the award-winning documentary photographer Matt Eich. Back in Romania, she became a freelance photographer and videographer, and in 2016, she organized In/Out Photo Festival, the first documentary photography festival in Romania. Her work has appeared in outlets such as DoR, FotoRoom, The New Yorker and Scena 9, and has been exhibited in Belgium, Canada and Romania.


Senja Vild was born in Croatia and has completed an undergraduate study in photography at the Faculty of Applied Arts and a postgraduate study in digital arts at the Faculty of Media and Communications, both in Belgrade. She has worked in the fields of fashion, documentary and architecture photography. Senja’s photographs have been featured in books and magazines in Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, United Kingdom, United States and Vietnam. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions locally and internationally. In 2015, she received the Young Talent Award for the project My Creative Me, given by Cosmopolitan.


Marcella Zanki is an analog photographer interested in the genres of portrait, landscape and contemporary art photography. Her work and interviews have appeared in various online and printed magazines worldwide, including Elle, VICE, Vogue, Nakid Magazine, Rolling Stone, Somewhere Magazine, etc. She has collaborated with ARTIG Gallery from Barcelona and PHINEST, a virtual photographic art gallery committed to promoting the finest international contemporary photography. More recently, she has presented her work about womanhood in a number of solo and group exhibitions, in Europe and the United States.


Jelena Zigic is a Serbian photographer with an undergraduate degree as well as a postgraduate degree in photography from the Faculty of Applied Arts, the University of Belgrade. She has worked for Radio Belgrade for a long time and this experience has impacted on her own artistic expression. Jelena’s documentary and conceptual photography depicts different moments of individuals’ everyday life. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, both locally and internationally.

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