We Are Here Together
(Integration of Roma Children)
Artist: Juraj Bartoš
Opening: March 15th 2018 at 6:00pm
Duration of exhibition: 16. 3. - 1. 4. 2018
Exhibition space size: MEDIUM Gallery specific
Without any exaggeration, Juraj Bartoš is a true-born documentary photographer, who discovered his love of the camera and passion for taking pictures as soon as when he was a child. For nearly one half of the last century until now, he tirelessly compiles a photographic mosaic of stories destined for those who “weren't born yet”. He experienced the old Bratislava that we don't remember anymore, and exactly because we remember so little (the volatility of moments and the human memory itself), Bartoš tirelessly and pleasurably records the changes of Slovakia, the changes in his home city and it's cultural life, the changes on his favourite street, as well as the transformations of people around him. And it is the people that always interested him most. People in an ordinary or festive moment, in significant or fleeting situations, from the inside or outside (he photographed fashion, and for many years, he also took pictures for medicinal use). It is quite impossible to name the number of subjects that he devoted himself to as a photographer, because many of these cycles are not concluded yet, keeping up until the most current times. And one of these still-flowing thematic cycles are the Roma. In his photography, like all of the subjects, Roma are also documented from all points of view - uniquely specific, visually “exotic”, beautiful, ugly, talented or ordinary. The latest thematic “acquisition” to his documentary “photo-chronicle” is a focus on Roma children and their diverse operation in a majority society. Of course, this is a wide phenomenon for a full coverage, but Juraj Bartoš choses to focus on this subject through three specific projects:
I. SUPERAR – introduces a collection of documentary photographs from an international initiative Superar based in Vienna, providing “top free musical education for all children regardless their nationality, faith or cultural identity”.
II. ČHAVORENGE – an exploration into the activities of the singing ensemble Čhavorenge (translated from Roma as “To Children”) founded by the famous singer Ida Kellarová, and coming from ranks of talented Roma children and youth aged six to nineteen years from the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
III. OUR CHILDREN – the author's cycle of documentary photographs mapping the life of Roma children adopted by non-Roma families, small, individual, but very human stories about love...
text: Silvia L. Čúzyová
This exhibition is supported from public funds by Slovak Arts Council via a stipend.