Fourteen elementary schools from the Rimavská Sobota, Revúca, and Poltár districts took part in an artistic competition called Romano dživipen/Rómsky život that has been held each year since 1996 by the Gemer-Malohont Museum (GMM) in Rimavská Sobota. Gemer and Malohont are regions in eastern-southern Slovakia.
The exhibition, comprising 126 works of art entered by elementary school students in the competition, was opened for viewing by the public at beginning of June. Dalibor Ďuriš from the museum told the TASR newswire that students could take part in the competition, divided in two groups, without regard to ethnicity. The jury awarded three best artworks in each category and also gave two honourable awards. The most prizes were captured this year by students from the elementary school in Hodejov. The artists’ motifs were Roma culture, lives of Roma past and present, typical housing, nomadic life, clothing, music, crafts, and supernatural and fairy-tale beings.
In past years the competition has uncovered several talents. For example, Zsolt Szajko of Včelince, took part as a student and is now a graduate of the Faculty of Arts of Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica. GMM is one three museums in Slovakia that specialises in documenting the material and spiritual culture of Roma in the Banská Bystrica Region. It has been specialising and enhancing its collection of items documenting Roma culture, preparing seminars, developing research ideas and staging exhibitions such as Romano dživipen/Rómsky život, which will be on public display until the end of July. See more at: www.gmmuzeum.sk
10. Jun 2009 at 0:22 | Compiled by Spectator staff