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Parno Gras: mukline Evropljanura / White Horse: Neglected Europeans

Nihad Nino Pušija | Europe, Germany, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo

Organization: Fotofabrika

Mustafa B. in Butmir bei Sarajevo in his new SFOR pulover. NATO-led Stabilisation Force (SFOR) in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Jan. 1996 - Dec. 2005).
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 2001

The photo serial "Parno Gras: mukline Evropljanura"/"White Horse: Neglected Europeans" deals with life of the Roma population in Europe and their fates: it questions their existence, social, political and refugee status at the end of the last Century until now in European countries, such as Germany, Italy, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Spain and the countries of the former Yugoslavia.

Nihad Nino Pušija—a native of Sarajevo in Bosnia—offers a new perspective on the realities facing his minority community. While membership in an ethnic group is generally of no interest when it comes to judging photographs, things are different with regard to the photographic documentation of the Eastern European Roma, in particular by Western Europeans, since an independent genre within the medium seems to have been developed in that context. There, it is poverty and destitution that stand in the foreground, and in particular the “otherness” of the Roma, whereas Pušija’s overarching concern is to liberate the self-image of his people from being determined by external forces. Through portrayals of his immediate surroundings, he seeks to depict microcosms without raising claims to universality. While the focus of his work during the 1990s was the city of Berlin, in recent years he has been increasingly preoccupied with his own ethnic community.

info@fotofabrika.de nihadninopusija@fotofabrika.de Telefon: + 49 30 612 865 64

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