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Be-Longing: Travellers Stories, Traveller’s Lives.

An Exhibition of Photographs by Eva Sajovic
Exhibition 4th February – 20th March 2010
Private View 3rd February 2010

2009 witnessed a pogrom against the Roma community in Northern Ireland, and the rise of
parties in European elections campaigning on anti-Roma manifestos. Traveller communities are
the largest ethnic minority group in Europe numbering over 12 million people. For centuries Exhibition Events
travellers have suffered extreme levels of prejudice and rejection and for some it has been
necessary to hide their identity to survive. Eva Sajovic’s exhibition Be - Longing photographs of Sat 13th Feb 2010
people from Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities a small part of the necessary reaction. 12-5pm
Workshop with
Sajovic’s intimate photographs of traveller communities from the UK and Slovenia are Romany artist
mesmerising. Her sensitive portraits of individuals and family groups, in their home environments Delaine Le Bas
and in life affirming situations, show the current situations and concerns of her subjects. She
Weds 17th Feb
displays her images accompanied by written accounts or recorded testimonies which give her 2010
subjects a voice, giving the viewer a feeling of their presence. You get an idea of what life is 6-9pm
like for these people, the importance of family, their relationships and connections to one Seminar exploring
another, their strong sense of pride and feelings of loyalty to their community and cultural the role of
identity, also the very real experience of suffering prejudice and being consider outsiders in the photography and
countries they live in. Eva connects with her subjects and collaborates with them to create other artistic
images that are honest. She respects and values the relationship she has with her subjects and media in
challenging
through this acceptance we experience the very intimate relationship Eva has with them.
stereotypes and
prejudice.
Sajovic has been working with traveller communities for the last two years her most recent
project being Pavee Widen (Travellers Talking) a book of photographs and texts made in Tues 9th March
collaboration with Roma, Irish Travellers and English Gypsies in the London Borough of Southwark 2010
and STAG (Southwark Travellers Action Group). With Be-Longing Sajovic hopes to promote an 10.30am-4pm
understanding of traveler communities and counter the unspoken prejudices about such Seminar: The
people. She takes her experiences working with these communities further by not only Future of Travelling
presenting her work but also by inviting dialogue and debate through making public some of Communities
the conversations she has been having with the people she has photographed and the people Thurs 18th March
who have supported her research, through workshops, screenings and seminars during the 2010
presentation of her work at 198. 7-9pm Film
Screening of
Eva Sajovic is a Slovenian photographer who lives and works in London. In 2007 she won a merit Romano Hip Hop
in the Slovenian Ethnographic Museum’s Photographic Awards, and a D&AD award for by R Point
photography; and has exhibited her work extensively, both in the UK and abroad.
Sat 20th March
2010
Gallery Open 1-
5pm & Closing
Event with music
6-9pm