Roma exhibition in Iowa, USA.

I’m pleased to say my photography of the Roma of Sintesti, Romania, is currently on show at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library Cedar Rapids, in Iowa, USA.

Until May 27th, 2019.

25 images, both black and white, from my multi year project which spanned 1990- 2006, are currently on show at the Museum’s Anderson Gallery.

Mia, a young Roma girl stands in front of a mermaid painted on the wall of a Roma home, in the old part of the Roma camp of Sintesti, Romania, in Setember 2004. Mermaids are very popular as wall decoration, but no-one within the camp knows the reason why they were first painted.

Between 1990 and 1997, and then again in 2004 and 2006, Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert photographed the Roma people of Sintesti, Romania. The camp is home to approximately 1,000 Kalderari Roma, predominantly metal workers by tradition. Once nomadic, they now live in Sintesti, scorned by neighboring Romanians, and for many years they have been looked upon as a source of trouble and annoyance.

Sutton-Hibbert recorded daily life, festivities, traditions, and the working lifestyle of the Roma. It was a time of substantial change in the post-Communist era; new business opportunities were opening up and new influences were arriving in the country from the West. It seemed an important time to photograph this community as they faced the challenges this new era brought them, a time of preserving their traditions while adapting to the new.

Sutton-Hibbert’s photos of this community in 2004 and 2006 reflected the significant material and cultural changes and challenges brought by the economic fortunes these people found through their hard work in the scrap-metal business. Western influences and prosperous stability stood in tension with longstanding traditions, their nomadic heritage, and the differing desires between generations and genders.

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