Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Slovak Roma world travels to Belgium


ROMA communities present their life in photos abroad.
photo: Courtesy of Truc sphérique

ROMA families from four settlements in the country's east documented the world in which they live with single-use Agfa cameras. Young Belgian photographer Nils Bijnens was the initiator of the project and its results, an exhibition entitled Roma In Their Own Eyes, tours four Belgian towns until April.

The exhibition will then return to Slovakia, and in summer it will be presented at the Stanica Culture Centre in Žilina.

According to the representatives of Truc sphérique, a non-governmental organisation that runs the Stanica centre, the aim of the project is to create a pictorial report about Roma life with no manipulation and intervention by professional photographers. The continuing project focuses not only on Roma settlements but also other environments in which the Roma live. It tries to avoid a narrow and stereotypical view of this Slovak community.

The exhibition in Belgium is accompanied by artwork created by Roma children from the school in the Jarovnice settlement, under the supervision of their teacher, Ján Sajko. These "young artists" regularly win awards at the world's festivals of children's artwork.

With his project, Bijnens continues in the series of similar photographic projects of Truc sphérique organisation. The project is the culmination of his seven-month stay with the organisation, supported within the EU Youth programme.

Top stories

A Slovak prisoner tattooed in Auschwitz, remained silent until he grew very old

Lale Sokolov fell in love in the concentration camp; only those close to him knew his story.

A tattoo, illustrative stock photo

Kiska: Only president can bestow awards

President Andrej Kiska turned to Constitutional Court over the law on state awards recently passed by the government.

President Andrej Kiska granting awards, January 1, 2018

Global warming is a myth, claims a hoax

According to recent hoaxes published online, snow in the Sahara disproves global warming and milk can block airways.

The snowfall in Sahara can be seen in this satellite picture.

Blog: Are flying cars coming to the skies?

At least 19 companies, including a Slovak one, are currently developing flying car planes, but there are still many issues that must be worked out.

AeroMobil