This talk by CHID alum Matt Lutton will address his five years of living and working as a documentary photographer in the Balkans.
His project presents "a psychological portrait of Serbs from across the Balkans as they confront a radically changed landscape within physically contracting borders. Serbia is emerging from the hangover of the 1990s, where atrocities were carried out in their name just across newborn borders, and constructive reflection about the consequences of those years is long overdue."
Matt's work engages with the many elements that contribute to a hostile and sometimes desperate atmosphere in Serbia today. But, he says, there are also "moments that show healing and a glimpse at a different future than many have seen for themselves in the last decade. I hope my pictures will help bridge local borders, real and imagined."
Matt graduated from UW with a degree in CHID and Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies. He is also an alumnus of CHID'S Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia study abroad program, led by Dr. Norman Wacker.
He has photographed for a diversity of publications, from The Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and many others, and is the author of three solo exhibitions that were shown in Seattle in 2008. His work has received numerous recognitions and awards, including, most recently, the Magenta Flash Forward exhibition and Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund.
Sponsored by the Comparative History of Ideas and the UW Office of Global Affairs.