HERE WE STAY... CON­TEM­PO­RARY GYPSY ART IN GRANADA

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The Fe­de­ri­co Gar­cía Lor­ca Cen­ter in Granada, whe­re the bi­bli­o­grap­hic collec­ti­ons of the most uni­ver­sal An­da­lu­si­an po­et are kept, is hos­ting un­til Ja­nu­ary 7 the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal ex­hi­bi­ti­on of con­tem­po­rary gypsy pain­ting and sculp­tu­re Akat­he te bes­hen, sas­ti­pen thaj mes­te­pen (Here we stay, he­alth and fre­e­dom), which brings to­get­her, for the first ti­me, ar­tists from that eth­nic group in Spain.

The ex­hi­bi­ti­on, which has al­re­ady be­en se­en in ot­her Eu­ro­pe­an coun­tri­es such as Fran­ce and Ger­many, was or­ga­ni­zed by the Ins­ti­tu­te of Gypsy Cul­tu­re and cu­ra­ted by Mo­ritz Pan­cok, from Ber­lin´s ga­llery Kai Dik­has, a re­fe­ren­ce in the pro­mo­ti­on of Ro­many cul­tu­re. It al­so had the co­lla­bo­ra­ti­on of the Go­et­he Ins­ti­tu­te and Ro­marc­hi­ve.

It brings to­get­her tech­ni­ques as va­ri­ed as their aut­hors: wa­ter­co­lors, oil pain­tings, illus­tra­ti­ons, pho­to­graphs, ins­ta­lla­ti­ons, au­di­o­vi­su­al per­for­man­ces and sculp­tu­res cre­a­ted by ar­tists from se­ve­ral na­ti­ons of the old con­ti­nent, so­me Spa­ni­ards and mostly gypsi­es.

Whi­le going through it, the spec­ta­tor tra­vels through the his­tory and the pre­sent of the gypsy pe­o­ple: fe­ar, exi­le, con­cen­tra­ti­on camps, ho­lo­caust, cri­es of sur­vi­val, of re­co­very of the collec­ti­ve me­mory, of ho­ma­ge to the vic­tims, of cre­a­ti­ve fre­e­dom and movement. Be­cau­se, even to­day, the gipsy or Ro­many pe­o­ple are a much ra­mi­fi­ed com­mu­nity in the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal sce­ne, but without a de­fi­ned ter­ri­tory of their own. After so many cen­tu­ri­es, not­hing se­ems to ha­ve chan­ged, and per­se­cu­ti­on, dis­cri­mi­na­ti­on and obs­ta­cles to in­te­gra­te in­to so­ci­ety con­ti­nue to haunt them.

Cur­rently, betwe­en ten and fif­te­en mi­lli­on Eu­ro­pe­ans are gypsi­es; of them, one mi­lli­on li­ve in Spain, mainly in An­da­lu­sia. After the Se­cond World War and sin­ce the be­gin­ning of the 21st cen­tury, ar­tists of gypsy ori­gin ha­ve be­en making their way and at­trac­ting the at­ten­ti­on of cri­tics. So­me of them ha­ve come to stay, like so­me of tho­se pre­sent in this ex­hi­bi­ti­on that spe­aks of the fre­e­dom and go­od he­alth of this mi­lle­nary cul­tu­re.

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