Mapping the Invisible: EU-Roma Gypsies|
Mapping the Invisible: EU-Roma Gypsies takes the reader on a visual
journey across Europe with a focus on its fastest-growing ethnic
minority: the Roma. Mapping the Invisible is the result of a unique
partnership called EU-ROMA, formed by a group of architects,
designers and artists wishing to raise awareness of the diversity and
richness of the Roma people.
Mapping the Invisible takes us on a fascinating journey through the
EU-ROMA projects conducted together with the gypsy communities
in Romania, Greece, Italy and the UK. The EU-ROMA partnership was
formed as a result of European Community funding, linking the four
aforementioned countries, with the emphasis on an open dialogue
on Roma housing issues and public space. The intriguing networks
that formed were aimed at mobilising and exchanging knowledge and
experience from each of the members’ specialist fields in the domain of
architecture, contemporary art, urban planning, humanities, sociology
and human rights.
The outcomes of this rich network form the heart of Mapping the
Invisible which explores issues of Roma cultural heritage, recent
European migration, housing conditions and how the EU-ROMA project
has impacted on the Roma communities. For example, two improved
‘shacks’ were built in Belgrade, where recycling and waste material
is used to create decent, adequate and affordable housing, offering
sustainable solutions for Roma housing in Eastern Europe. The artists
and architects involved share the challenges and personal experiences
they encountered along the way.
Featuring internationally celebrated artists in a unique partnership,
Mapping the Invisible is the first arts and architecture publication
dedicated to European Roma gypsies. A visually engaging account
sure to inform and inspire anyone with an interest in human rights,
contemporary architecture, visual art, design and social sustainability.
Lucy Orta is an internationally renowned British artist who lives and
works in Paris. Several books have been published on her and her partner’s
(Jorge Orta) work, including Lucy + Jorge Orta Pattern Book (Black Dog
Publishing, 2007). Her work has been exhibited in major contemporary art
museums around the world including the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney,
Museum Boijmans van Beuningen Rotterdam, ICA London and the Modern Art
Museum, Paris. Lucy operates not only as an artist, but also as a
campaigner, community mediator and educator.