Permanent Representation of the RS to the CoE /Newsroom /
28.09.2009  

Opening of the exhibition “You See Me – I See You: Cultural Diversity in the Eyes of the Roma”

On the first day of the autumn session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Ambassador Bole opened the exhibition “You See Me – I See You: Cultural Diversity in the Eyes of the Roma” in the Palais de l’Europe in Strasbourg.

The exhibition “You See Me – I See You: Cultural Diversity in the Eyes of the Roma” explores the role of photography in the dissemination of negative images and stereotypes of the Roma, while also exploring how photography could help change views of Roma identity and culture. Several renowned Slovenian reporters want to contribute to the intercultural dialogue between the Roma and non-Roma, and change the public image of Roma, which would lead to more tolerant co-existence and respect for diversity.

Marjetica Bole, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the Council of Europe, pointed out in her address to the participants, including the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Lluís Maria de Puig, that during its Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, Slovenia has been devoting particular attention to Roma. With the project “You See Me – I See You” Slovenia is striving to change the stereotyped public image of Roma and to raise awareness of cultural diversity in Europe today, as well as to establish intercultural dialogue between the Roma minority and the majority population, which should lead to sustainable forms of a new social image of Roma.

Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government Communication Office and the Ministry of Culture, the exhibition “You See Me – I See You: Cultural Diversity in the Eyes of the Roma” was prepared by the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana.

The exhibition is open to the public until 15 October 2009 in the Palais de l’Europe.

Opening address by Ambassador Bole

You can find more about the project and the exhibition here.