An exhibition on six centuries of "gypsy lives" in Andalusia

drom 350Lungo Drom means "long way" in Romany language. And this is the story that unfolds in the "Vidas Gitanas" (Gypsy Lives) exhibition underway in the Andalusian city of Jerez de la Frontera. A path taken by the Spanish Gypsies in six centuries since their arrival in the peninsula in 1425. The exhibition, which has already traveled in many European cities including Budapest, Granada, Madrid and Lisbon, brings together over 400 works including historical photographs, portraits, videos, documents and everyday objects. The result is a retrospective on the co-existence and integration of different cultures. Designed chronologically, the exhibition allows the visitors to follow the red thread of persecutions throughout the story of the Gypsy people in the territory. A long list that reaches up to the 19th century, and that consists of disposals, decrees, expulsions, regulations on the work and private organization applied to Roma people. At the same time, the power of the culture that has survived against all flourishes in the course of the story. And a Gypsy Spain flourishes with its artists inspired by the Roma world. It is not possible to understand the history of Spanish music without Camarón de la Isla, Diego el Cigala or Ketama; in its literature the work of Lorca and in painting Julio Romero de Torres. Influences that in some cases have taken over an entire art form, as is the case of flamenco with the unreachable movements of Carmen Amaya, celebrated in the exhibition with exclusive archive footage.

 


 

“Vidas gitanas. Lungo drom”, Palacio de Villavicencio, Jerez. Until March 8, 2015.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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