4 years ago
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The Roma Journeys - Joakim Eskildsen
The Romanian people,or the Gypsy, is the name that European gave to the Nomadic Roma people.Those Romanians live from place to place,traveled around Europe. For the European people, they are burden of the society, since they do not go to school, work, or contribute anything for the society they live in. They even have their own norm and values within their own society, that does not have anything related to the society they live by. Between 2000 and 2006 Joakim Eskildsen together with writer Cia Rinne undertook travels in seven different countries with a view to gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. They always tried to spend a considerable length of time among the people whom we wanted to learn about and, if possible, to live with the Roma (Gypsy) for a while. It was their own interest that initially took them to the Roma streets in Hevesaranyos in northeast Hungary, where they spent four months at the home of Magda, an elderly Roma. The other journeys to Romania, India and our travels in Finland came about through personal contact, while in Greece and Russia They were initially assisted by human rights organizations and in France by the Centre de recherches tsiganes in Paris. These Roma journeys were by no means meticulously planned, and instead the product of a number of coincidences that enabled us to come into contact with the Roma. They endeavored to communicate directly with them. In most countries this was possible, and while in Russia and India they were accompanied on our travels, and thus had willing assistance. They have frequently been asked what had triggered our interest in the Roma, but they were unable to provide a definitive, let alone exhaustive answer. What is certain is that once they hard started we were unable to simply stop continuing with the project. The more we found out about the Roma and got to know them, the more our interest in and liking for them grew. In keeping with the different countries traveled, the photographic body of work is divided into seven series, the sequence of which roughly corresponds to the chronology of our journeys
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It is good to be able to see the life of the gypsy society through the photographs of Joakim. In Europe, those people are considered as commit all those shoplifting and stuffs. For example in Sweden, my home country, they do think that those people are the bottom of the soceity.
4 years ago·Reply
Anyway, those photographs have opened my eyes differently with the Romaninan people :)
4 years ago·Reply
I did travel to Sweden few times, and did see some gypsy in there. The things that i learned abbout Gypsy is that they do not want to interrate with the local society. They do not want to work but still get the welfare support from the states. That is the reason why the Swedes do not like that I think :(
4 years ago·Reply