The Clerestory Podcast S1 E25

The Oklahoma Tenant Farmer and Me
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Elena Gallina

Elena grew up in Kosovo in the aftermath of the war there, has since lived and worked in various conflict settings across the Middle East, and is currently based in Oxford, England on a Rhodes scholarship. Her research and photography explore the quiet moments in often misunderstood and sensationalized environments, with particular focus on womxn’s empowerment and bodily self-confidence. Raised by American Christian parents in a majority Muslim country, she was questioning approaches to faith from a very early age. She now identifies as non-religious but committed to a concept of the Divine.

photo story Leaves

Six months ago someone drove through a red light and drastically altered my life.

essay Redefining “My Village”: Community as a State of Being

Who do you want to be? And what does “being in community” entail for you?

photo story In Defense of the Necessity of Beauty: Resistance, Reclamation, and Faith

“Beauty was not simply something to behold; it was something one could do.” – Toni Morrison