In London's Rivington Place, the new exhibition Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush, co-curated by Gabi Scardi, Christine Eyene and Autograph ABP director Mark Sealy, examines the condition of Roma people in Europe and its surroundings.
With a population of 10 to 12 million in the EU, the Roma are the oldest and largest European ethnic minority. Amnesty International reports that Roma people are "existing predominantly on the margins of society [and] are among the most deprived communities in Europe". Amnesty also states that the "Roma suffer massive discrimination and are denied their rights to housing, employment, health care and education. Roma communities are often subject to forced evictions, racist attacks and police ill-treatment." This project challenges many preconceived ideas about the Roma by displaying both their diversity and what is intrinsic to their cultures.
Photographers and lens-based artists on display include Cristiano Berti, Elisabeth Blanchet, Danica Dakic, Nigel Dickinson, Alfredo Jaar, Sitki Kosemen, Maria Papadimitriou, Alessandro Quaranta, William Ropp and Santiago Sierra. Also on show are rare prints by Josef Koudelka who has produced the most celebrated body of work on Roma life and culture in the history of photography. The exhibition will also premiere two newly commissioned pieces by the experimental film duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi.
Through its political engagement, Roma-Sinti-Kale-Manush critically questions the forms of
discrimination that have affected the Roma people for centuries across Europe. It
contributes to debates on the nature of minorities and the ideology of marginalisation,
while examining the concept of freedom within the wider context of current European
25 May – 28 July 2012