Below is information about an exhibition of photographs of Slovakia's Roma
to open in Pittsburgh. Free admission.
votruba "at" pitt "dot" edu
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ROMA FOTO PROJEKT
October 6 - November 12
2nd Floor Thayer Hall, Point Park University
201 Wood Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Panel discussion: October 5 2004, 12:30-1:45 pm
JVH Auditorium, 2nd Floor Thayer Hall, Point Park University
Opening reception: October 5 2004, 4:30-6:00 pm
To attend, call Janice Klembus (412) 392-4733
Perhaps the most romanticized yet least understood people on Earth,
gypsies conjure ready images of colorful, mysterious men, women and
children laden with gold jewelry and draped in silks, dancing to rhythmic
The reality, though, is quite different. Life remains desperate for
thousands of these people, particularly those who live in Central Europe's
Slovakia. Shunted from mainstream life, the gypsies -- or Roma, as they
are more accurately called -- lead meager lives in makeshift dwellings on
the outskirts of many villages and cities.
A photography exhibit sponsored by Point Park University and the Western
Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association explores that reality with more
than 30 images of Roma captured by internationally renowned photographers
Matthew Kollasch and Sandy Carter.
The Roma's story will be told through the photography exhibit with a
narrative by Kurt Meredith, and a panel discussion of experts. Home to
more Slovak emigrants and their descendants than any place in the world,
Pittsburgh offers a natural site for this event.
Christopher Rolinson, Point Park University (412) 392-3411
Andrew Conte, Western PA Slovak Cultural Association (412) 320-7835