The exhibition “Territories of life on the edge: Pastoral Commons of the Mediterranean Mountains in the 21st-century” highlights bio-cultural diversity within a shared space, the resilience of communities, the threats they face, and conservation challenges in Euro-Mediterranean pastoral territories of life
By Pablo Domínguez
Honorary member, ICCA Consortium
The Virtual Museum of Human Ecology has premiered an exhibition titled “Territories of life on the edge: Pastoral Commons of the Mediterranean Mountains in the 21st-century.” It is a multimedia exhibition with almost one hundred photos, videos, and thematic texts started as an online exhibition.
We have plans to continue the exhibition online, in physical venues, and as an itinerant one.
It is not prepared to be visualized on a mobile device,
so we recommend a desktop or laptop computer device to visit the exhibition.
Twenty-three photographers, filmmakers, writers, artists, activists, and researchers from six countries (Spain, France, Morocco, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) contributed to this exhibition curated by Dr. Pablo Dominguez, Honorary member of the ICCA Consortium, eco-anthropologist of pastoral commons and senior researcher at the French National Research Council (CNRS).
Summary video presentation about the exhibition.
More than twenty organizations have supported the exhibition in various ways, and all of them appear cited on the exhibition homepage. The exhibits are part of several studies, collaborations, and media fields dating back several years, some over half-decade, while building the exhibition took more than two years.
In the Mediterranean mountains, pastoral commons are conserved through reasoned collective governance by generations of local communities of herders. Such governance implies a permanent negotiation and communitarian decision-making to assure a maximized sustained use of the pastures over generations. Community members have relatively egalitarian access to these pastures.
Entrance to the virtual exhibition by sections (to follow the sense of the exhibition just click ‘next’ on the right-hand side under each photo):
Featured image: A photo collage used in the poster of the exhibition. Photo: Virtual Museum of Human Ecology