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More news from Eva Sajovic, who writes regarding a new exhibition for Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, this time remembering the Holcaust against the Roma and Sinti in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Hosted at the Mile End Art Pavillion,  the exhibition promises to be a shockingly intimate and comprehensive documentation of the disenfranchisement, persecution and genocide of the Roma and Sinti communities, the photographs and personal testimonies challenging viewers to consider this episode in the context of post-war prejudice and persecution across Europe.

Lead-managed by the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma, the official launch being hosted by the German Embassy, the exhibition is intended to raise awareness of the murder of 500,000 people by the National Socialists, a fact which many forget in their consideration of the horrors of the Second World War:

The Arts Pavillion
Mile End
London E3 4QX
Exhibition open 2 – 20 June
Tue-Sat 12-6 pm
Sun 12-4 pm
Closed Mondays

Read more about the exhibition below:

Read more about the Documentation and Cultural Centre of German Sinti and Roma below:

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June 2010 will be the third year that Britain has celebrated Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month.

There is a shocking amount of ignorance about the historic and cultural identities of the travelling communities in Britain. Few who are concerned about the impact of travellers on the greenbelt will pause to think about traditions that extend back half a millennium, more rooted in the history of the British isles than many would ever imagine.

As Jake Bowers writes on the GRTHM website:

“Quite simply, ignorance about who we are and where we come from leads to ruined lives.  Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month celebrates our culture and history by tackling the negative stereotyping and prejudices that have led to this situation.”

Gypsy, Roma, Traveller, History Month has gained international significance, Gay McDougall, United Nations Independent Expert on Minority issues, issuing a statement welcoming the United Kingdom’s commitment to recognising the contribution of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to British society [see the PDF below].

This year promises to offer the widest range of activities to engage the settled community yet. I hope it crosses your path in places other than this blog. More than anything, I hope we are all big enough to rise to the challenge of considering Gypsy, Roma and Traveller issues with an open mind.

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Eva Sajovic has emailed to say that her phenomenal and moving exhibition about the lives of the travelling community now has two new exciting venues.

If you missed it the first time around, you now have an opportunity to see the work of an extraordinarily talented artist as she brings to life stories that would ordinarily be lost to most of us, even though they are written in the fabric of the community about us.

You can see this exciting exhibition, that tells the story of some of the most persecuted communities in our country, at the following locations:

Exhibition 27th May – 30th June 2010

Central Hackney Library, 1 Reading Lane London, E8 1GQ

Tel: 020 8356 5239

Exhibition 1st – 30th June 2010

West Norwood Library, Norwood High Street, London, SE27 9JX

Tel: 020 7926 8092

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Be-Longing: Travellers’ Stories, Travellers’ Lives, the ground breaking exhibition from Slovenian photographer Eva Sajovic, is in its final week at the 198.

There are two events being held.

On Thursday 18 March 2010,  7-9pm, there will be a film screening of Romano Hip Hop:

The final day of the exhibition is Saturday 20 March, 11am-5pm, with music provided by DJ Damian Le Bas, 6-9pm.

Don’t let the opportunity to see this ground-breaking exhibition from a highly talented artist pass you by.

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Eva Sajovic’s “Be-Longing” exhibition is still running at the 198.

On Tuesday there is an all-day seminar on the future of travelling communities, chaired by Brian Foster of the Inner London Traveller Education Consortium.

Those taking part include:

The programme is set our below:

Programme

10.30 – 11.00 Registration and Coffee

11.00 – 11.10 Introduction

11.10 – 11.30 Prof. Thomas Acton

11.30 – 11.50 Rocky Deans

11.50 – 12.00 Bobby Rostas

12.00 – 12.05 Brian Foster

12.05 – 12.45 Panel Discussion

12.45 – 1.00 Q&A

1.00 – 1.45 Lunch

1.45 – 2.00 Patricia Knight

2.00 – 2.15 Dada Felja, RSG

2.15 – 2.30 Tricia Bowie Phillips, STAG

2.30 – 2.50 Prof. Judith Okely

2.50 – 3.10 Damian LeBas

3.10 – 3.15 Brian Foster

3.15 – 3.45 Panel Discussion

3.45 – 4.00 Q&A

Better community understanding depends on people being prepared to take an interest in things that at first seem one removed from their immediate environment.

Book yourself a place by emailing info@198.org.uk.

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Readers may be interested to know that Eva Sajovic, the Slovenian photographer I’ve been writing about, has her own blog. Please check it out. Please stop by and take a look.

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News of two workshops being run at Eva Sajovic’s “Be-Longing” exhibition at 198.

Workshop with Delaine Le Bas – Saturday 13 February 2010, 12-5pm

Delaine Le Bas is part of the UK Romany community. In her works she explores many of the experiences of intolerance, misrepresentation, transitional displacement and homelessness that the community continues to experience. She uses multi media creating installations that include performance and music. Le Bas’ work was included in Paradise Lost, The First Roma Pavilion, Venice Biennale 2007; Refusing Exclusion, Prague Biennale 3, Prague 2007; Living Together, Museo De Arte Contemporeanea De Vigo, Spain, 2009 (curated by Emma Dexter and Xabier Arakistain). Her most recent exhibition was Foreigners Everywhere, with Claire Fontaine, Karl Holmqvist and Damian Le Bas at Dvir Gallery, Tel Aviv. She is included in Sixty: Innovators Shaping Our Creative Future by Thames & Hudson. Delaine Le Bas is represented by Galleria Sonia Rosso, Turin and Galerie Giti Nourbakhsch, Berlin.

Delaine is inviting people to join her for a workshop to create a piece for the gallery window cabinets, exploring the themes of Eva Sajovic’s  “Be-Longing: Traveller’s Stories, Traveller’s Lives”:  BELONGING, IDENTITY, MIGRATION, COMMUNITY, DIASPORA.

Delaine is asking participants to bring objects and images related to these ideas to contribute to the installation that will be created at the workshop.

See more examples of her work on Flickr.

The Role of Photography and Media in Challenging Stereotypes and Prejudice when Representing Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Communities – Wednesday 17 February 2010,7-9pm

This seminar will be chaired by leading  Gypsy Journalist Jake Bowers.

After growing up on the road as one of 17 children, increasingly hostile public attitudes and the impending arrival of the first of his three children pushed him into a more settled life. He now runs the Gypsy Media Company, providing education about Gypsies and Travellers through media, and presents Rokker Radio, a BBC programme for the travelling community.

With:

Resonance 104.4 FM

Delaine Le Bas

R Point

Michael Cleere

Sarah Butler

And others including people from http://www.oicd.net/

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