Photo Workshops for Roma children “Romany click”
The authors of the project – Marta Kotlarska photographer and sculptress Małgorzata Mirga-Tas (Roma origin) - decided to engage in a dialogue with stereotypes.
Roma children living in Roma settlements in rural areas do not have many interesting possibilities to spend free time. Often - children from the poorest areas - do not go on vacation anywhere. Project Romani Clic is a proposal for them to learn to how to spend useful time playing and learning at the same time. Value of the project is that the people working in it are also the young Roma and children have the comfort of talking on the Romany and Polish language. Participants meet a role models who are young well educated Roma.
During the project children produce pinhole cameras and then they photograph the scene from a fairy tales. The pictures are illustrations for fairy tales written by John Mirga - Roma poet living and working in Czarna Gora. In the last phase of the project, young Roma led photography workshops for their Polish colleagues from the school and together organize an exhibition.
The main objective is artistic education of Roma youth. Project provides varieties of leisure activities for the holiday and artistic way of integration with the mates from school. The project is carried out in stages: first, the Roma children learn Roma tales, later with instructors and tutors discuss it and set design to play a portion of a fairy tale. Then children produce pinhole cameras and photograph the scene from a fairy tale. The results of these activities are beautiful, large and magically looking images. After the workshop the exhibition of these pictures and vernissage is organized and presented to a wider public.
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Langues des documents annexes:
- Civil society, including Roma community
- local or regional
Workshop with brainstorming, discussions, presentations, theater and art classes.
7-day session for approx. 30-50 participants – c.a. 7 500 EUR each year
What are the keys to success of this action? :
Roma children acquire new skills and develop skills, they nice and usefully spend their free time, integrate within Roma and non Roma community. Lear about Roma history and Roma fairy tale.
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What would you recommend to those carrying out a similar action?:
- lead such classes in Poland and abroad , also for children from other minorities
- keep it systematic – few days each year.