“Croatia As It Is Rarely Seen” Exhibition Organised in Rome, Italy

Lauren Simmonds

As Morski writes on the 21st of September, 2019, in cooperation with Rome’s city administration, the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Croatia and the Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Rome organised an exhibition entitled “Croatia as it is rarely seen” (Hrvatska kakva se rijetko viđa).

The exhibition contains about forty works by two photographers: Romeo Ibrišević and Miljenko Marukić, and it was officially opened by Croatia’s Ambassador to Rome, Jasen Mesić. The exhibition was realised thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs. Ambassador Mesić was joined at the exhibition’s opening by the President of the Fourth City District of Rome, Roberto Della Casa, and the Deputy Estonian Ambassador to Rome, Urmas Eigle.

What is “rarely seen” and what connects them is their infatuation with the natural beauty of their homeland, but each [photographer] portrays it in a different way. Although famous for underwater photography, Miljenko Marukić has also been hunting rare birds and other animals for twenty years with his lens, during their beautiful moments of harmony with the environment.

Romeo Ibrišević, has been a photographer and photojournalist for more than three decades, but many will remember him as the first name behind the popular action “Let’s clean car wrecks from Croatia”. In the course of fifteen years, with the help of volunteers and all those who don’t treat nature as a landfill, more than 16,000 wrecks have been extracted from Croatia’s numerous nature parks, forests, streams… and these photos remind us of the importance of preserving the natural beauty of the country.

Their collaboration began a year ago with just one such action: clearing under the sea near Lumbarda. Miljenko called on his colleague Romeo and the Green Foot Association to clean up the wreckage dumped into the sea.

Therefore, the exhibition “Croatia as it is rarely seen” is full of contrasts: on the one hand, there are the idyllic scenes of nature that are ablaze with the sheer beauty of this country’s diverse landscape, and on the other, the abominations that destroy it – transmitted through the vision of artistic imagination. The exhibition in Rome is open until the 4th of October, 2019, after which, the photographic exhibition moves on to Malta.

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