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29 May 2018 18:00 - 13 Jun 2018 18:00

Rasová diagnóza: Cikán

We cordially invite you to the exhibition called Exhibition Racial diagnosis: Gypsy that will be displayed at the Gallery of the Czech Centres from 29th May to 14th June 2018.


Exhibition Racial diagnosis: Gypsy

The exhibition of the Documentation and Cultureal Cente of German Sinti and Roma depicts genocide of these ethnic groups from the initial traces of human rights violation by the National Socialist Party to their systematick genocide in Nazi-occupied Europe.

About the terms 'Sinti' and 'Roma'

The Sinti and Roma settled in the countries of modern-day Europe centuries ago. The term 'Sinti' designates the members of an ethnic minority that settled in Germany and neighbouring countries in the early 15th century. The term 'Roma' refers to the ethnic minority that has lived in eastern and south-eastern Europe since the Middle Ages. Outside German-speaking countries, the term 'Roma' isalso used as a collective term for the ethnic minority as a whole.

In the second half of the 18th century. linguistics realised that the Sinti and Roma originated in India, a finding based on the similarity between the Romani language and Sanskrit, the learned languageof ancient India. Their common origin notwithstanding , national Sinti and Roma communities are characterised by the history and culture of their respective native countries and by a significant heterogenity.

'Racial Diagnosis: Gypsy' The Nazi genocide of the Sinti and Roma and the long struggle for recognition

The Nazi genocide perpetrated on the Sinti and Roma in unparalleled in the centuries-old shared history of these minorities and the majority in society. And yet, the crime itself was not without preconditions. Indeed, an attitude of prejudice and resentment towards the Sinti and Roma is deeply rooted in European history.

Any attempt to portray the history of the Sinti and Roma faces the fundamental problem that all sources handed down to us have traditionally been one-sided. Nearly all the testimonies that have been preserved ereflect the prejudiced and usually disparaging view adopted by the majority of society. Traditional images of the 'gypsy' play out across a spectrum that ranges from stigmatisation to romantic idealisation.

In the course of their social emancipation, the Sinti and Roma have countered the power of majority society's gaze with their own view and their own history. Historical private and family photos belonging to the Sinti and Roma are therefore an integral part of this exhibition. These first-hand accounts portray people in their individuality and personality, crucially counterbalancing the 'gypsy' clichés that continue to prevail to this day.

Galerie Českých center, Rytířská 31, Praha 1

From: 29 May 2018 18:00
To: 13 Jun 2018 18:00


Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event

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