Permanent Representation of the RS to the CoE /Newsroom /
15.09.2009  

Photography exhibition by young Roma in Strasbourg

Next month, as part of the programme of its Chairmanship of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, Slovenia will present itself at the Palace of Europe in Strasbourg with an exhibition of photographs, You See Me – I See You: Cultural Diversity through the Eyes of Roma.

The exhibition, organised by the Slovene Ethnographic Museum and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Government Communication Office and the Ministry of Culture, is in three parts: 'From Roma Family Albums', 'Say to the Camera: You See Me' and 'Say to the Camera: I See You'. This is also the conclusion of the project, which addresses the issue of the public image and social visibility of Roma, studies the role of photography in combating negative ideas and stereotypes about Roma, and examines the potential of photography to improve understanding of Roma identity and culture.  

The project 'You See Me – I See You', on which the exhibition is based, was carried out in two steps. First, selected Roma communities in two Slovenian regions – Prekmurje and central Slovenia around Grosuplje – collected old Roma family photographs. Then, at summer photography workshops called 'Say to the Camera', the participants – Roma elementary school students – under the guidance of well-known Slovenian photo journalists Luka Cjuha, Jure Eržen, Borut Krajnc and Joc Žnidaršič, took photos of their everyday lives and photos representing their view of non-Roma.

The exhibition of selected works by young photo journalists will be on display at the Council of Europe's headquarters in Strasbourg from 28 September to 15 October.