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The world of Vesna

The world of Vesna

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Published by Maurizio Cimino

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Published by: Maurizio Cimino on Jun 08, 2011
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In Naples there is only one legal gipsycamp, located behind the Secondiglia-no prison. When I saw this camp it ap-peared to me a scenery oneiric and realat the same time.
This was the world o Vesna, a dea-mutelittle girl: the microcosm o her amily wasull o childish games inside deprivationsand discomorts but also o socializationtimes.The main subjects that attracted my at-tention were children with whom my inter-action was particularly easy. Through thephotography I got involved into the dreamyworld o Vesna and her fve brothers. Myexperience was based on the empathy andon the sharing o the subjective lived back-ground.The Roma people constitute, as a whole, anextremely vulnerable group o inhabitants inour countries. They are still rejected, atercenturies o discrimination and slavery, withbrutal eort. Gypsies are also coalescedbecause they live in precarious situationsalmost everywhere inside the EuropeanUnion, then their existence is relegated tothe borders o cities and emarginated by so-ciety.The individuals are ragile, their lives arespent in a sense o disorientation and otenpassive resignation. The image o Romaniesis basically the result o medieval generali-zations; an irrational intolerance is joinedwith a superfcial inormation distorted byprejudice and stereotypes: oten this inor-mation is artully built by populist govern-ments (like currently in France or Italy) in-
tent on creating social conusion about the»public enemy«, again stigmatizing gypsies.Rarely Roma people are considered in theircultural peculiarities and their complexity:they let me think to a sort o magic caleido-scope where dance and tears swim togetherin a musical sea o lie.

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