Sunita and her mother Iliria
Kosovo, 2016
Inkjet print on Hahnemuehle Baryte Satin paper
ed. of 12, 40 x 40 cm or 60 x 60 cm

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Christine Turnauer

Gypsies series

Exhibition The Dignity of the Gypsies and an Hommage to my friend Gitanos
15 April – 9 June 2022
Fondation Manuel Rivera-Ortiz, Arles
Curated by KLV Art Projects
Partner: Forum Culturel Autrichien

Christine Turnauer is a photographer with passion. Her latest series of photographs details her search for Roma history. Her documentation begins in Gujarat and Rajasthan in north-western India, where the European Roma have their roots. There, she met camel dealers, basket weavers, acrobats, and musicians – representatives of the professions she consistently encountered as she traced the Roma through Hungary, Romania, Montenegro, and Kosovo. The results of her travels are photographs of stunning quality. Her portraits are captivating – not because they appear to beautify her sitters or erase the traces of hardship from their faces – but rather because of the discernible sensitivity with which she approaches them.

Her latest series on the Gypsies has been exhibited in Vienna at the Forum am Schillerplatz in 2017. The Dignity of the Gypsies was released by Hatje Cantz in 2017 and D.A.P. Publishing in the United States in January 2018.