Exhibition: “Under the same roof” depicts the every-day life of the Roma community

“Under the same roof”. Photo: Enis Abdullahu

At the end of May several exhibitions depicting the life of Roma will open at different locations throughout the Western Balkans. “The faces on the pictures change, but the portrayed reality remains the same”, says Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.

In 2013 Civil Rights Defenders organised a photo competition in Serbia entitled “Under the same roof”, an initiative that got a great response from the public and made the situation for one of Europe’s most discriminated groups visible. Due to the success and the increased focus on the situation for Roma people in Serbia the competition was opened up in 2014 to include Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

The photo competition and the following exhibitions are all part of the project “Strengthening visibility of the most discriminated groups in the Western Balkans” and is supported by the National Endowment for Democracy.

The participation was, yet again, overwhelming with contributions from over a hundred participants. Among the photos that was submitted – 20 were specifically selected to be apart of the exhibitions and will be printed in special brochures and another 12 will feature in special calendars.

”The competition engages people that want to put focus on Roma rights by using photography as a tool of expression. The pictures go a long way in confirming the well known fact that Roma are on the very margins of society under this roof we call the Western Balkans”, said Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans at Civil Rights Defenders.


Kosovo: 28 May, 19:30, National Museum of Kosovo (Nazim Gafurri street)

Macedonia: 29 May, 19:00, Multimedia Center “Mala stanica”, National Gallery of Macedonia (Jordan Mijalkov Street, 18).

Bosnia and Herzegovina: 24 May; 17:00, café „Nuno“ in the Sarajevo’s Roma settlement Gorica, Dejanli Ibrahim-bega street 1A (starting 28 May the exhibition will be installed at Cinema Kriterion)

The dates for Albania and Serbia will be announced in the very near future.

Categories: News.
Tags: Minority Rights, Photo exhibition, Roma, Roma rights, and Under the same roof.
Regions: Western Balkans.