Hungary, in Practice
The ‘prologue’ of the project is referenced in Europe, where many of the events whose images and texts we project, print, and affix onto the skirts have taken place (from the Holocaust up to current human rights abuses and systemic racism and exclusion, including neo-Nazi and nationalist violence.) Anti-Roma threats, intimidation or violence in Hungary are a daily occurrence. Elsewhere, Roma are expelled from France, their houses burned. Romani houses are bulldozed in Romania, Poland, Bulgaria and France. Sulukule, a historic Roma community in Turkey, was bulldozed by a property developer who built townhouses and condominiums. The Roma community at Dale Farm, England, has been evicted from its own land.
Now, In Canada, Romani refugees fleeing racist violence and pogroms are called ‘bogus’ by Canadian Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Jason Kenney; few are accepted and most are being sent back to Hungary.
gampi paper and block print floral motifs along with images of masked neo-nazi ‘Betyársereg’ (Outlaw Army) gang members. Lynn Hutchinson Lee