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Best photographs from the Romipen contest will be selected by the following professional jury:
PhDr. Jana Horvathová is descended from the Holomek family – the original Romany who settled in Moravia at the end of the 17th century. She completed her doctoral studies in history at the Faculty of Philosophy, Masaryk University, where she went on to study museology. She was among the group of experts who found the Museum of Roma Culture in Brno, in 1991. She has been its Director since 2003.
She is principally interested in Roma oral history, and when time permits,
she documents memories of Roma elders – especially their memories of the
original Czech and Moravian Roma, whose culture is slowly fading. She is the
author of books “Chapters from Romany History” and “Devleskere čhave” and
co-author of book entitled “Collections from the Museum of Roma Culture –
Chad Evans Wyatt is a portrait photographer, active in the Washington, DC area since 1976. He was born into a family of musicians, and grew up in New York and Paris, France. His professional career started, and continues substantially in the portrayal of people in the arts. His works are included in the music collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington. He has photographed five US Presidents and countless other personalities, both for publication and privately.
In 1993, he accompanied his wife to Praha, in her successful search for
Czech relatives 40 years silent behind the Iron Curtain. With the
encouragement of Arnošt Lustig, Wyatt began work immediately on what would
become 101 Artists in the Czech Republic, finished in 2000, and exhibited
both in Praha and Washington. The project’s book was awarded Best Thematic
Photography Book at the 2000 Praha Book Fair. 101 led directly to Roma
rising / Romské obrození, portraits of mostly unknown Roma in the Czech
Republic who have succeeded in work at the middleclass and professional
level. This project has now visited 13 countries, and 30 exhibition sites.
Anna Poláková was a men’s custom tailor. Since January of 1998, she has
worked for Czech Radio 1 – Radiojournal – where she edits the O Roma vakeren
program (“The Roma Speak”). While thus employed, she studied Social
Activities in the Environment of Ethnic Minorities at the Evangelical
Academy in Praha. She now studies at Masaryk University in Brno. At the same
time, she assists people living in one of the socially sequestered
localities in the Kladno region.
Mgr. Jana Šustová completed her studies in Social Work at the Faculty of
Philosophy at Masaryk University. Her first work was as Editor of Social
Policy Magazine, a specialised monthly published by the Ministry of Labor
and Social Affairs. She has been active at Czech Radio since 2000. She
started there in the Internet Editorial Board, Czech Radio broadcasts
directed abroad, where she was responsible for the websites of the Russian
and German Editorial Board, in addition to her responsiblities for the Roma
website. During 2005, she switched to Czech Online Radio, where she
continues her work on the Roma websites and where she has founded the
www.rozhlas.cz/nabozenstvi website, covering religion. In 2006 she was named
panel-member of the Governmental Campaign Against Racism.
MgA. Anna Juránková, Photo and Video Archivist at the Museum of Roma Culture, Brno
MgA. Anna Juránková studied animation and audio-visuals at the Faculty of
Multimedia Communications at the Tomáš Bat‘a University, she specializes in
scenography. She produced several films during and after her studies. Since
2006, she has worked at the Museum of Roma Culture as photographer, video
archivist and curator of its video fund. Her work involves finding and
arranging photographic and audiovisual materials that serve to document the
Museum’s work and presentations. The Museum’s archive contains pictures and
notes made during on the ground research, as well as conversations with
Romany elders and other Romany personalities, as well as documents from the
numerous events organized by the museum. These video materials are used to
create films for exhibitions and to create further documents about the
Museum’s work. The resulting photographs serve as resource for exhibitions,
publications, articles in the media, etc.
Mgr. Khalil Baalbaki was born in Kuwait to Lebanese parents. He has lived in Praha since 1983, where he studied documentary film at FAMU. In 1993, he started working professionally as a portrait, fashion, advertising and news photographer, He has filmed a number of reports on design, fashion and lifestyle for MBC TV. He has worked for Czech Online Radio as cameraman and photographer. For the Czech Radio African Odyssey project, begun in 1995, he monitored and filmed the migration of black storks from Europe to their winter refuge in Africa. Since the creation of the New Odyssey expedition in 2002, he has worked alongside researchers following the migration of black storks to Asia, specifically to Siberia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Mongolia. His record of these journeys also documents the lives of inhabitants in the countries through which our tagged black storks travel.
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