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A photographic project shining a light on Roma (Gypsy) communities who continue to suffer endless persecution and prejudice today. Read more

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This project was successfully funded on August 30, 2013.

A photographic project shining a light on Roma (Gypsy) communities who continue to suffer endless persecution and prejudice today.

Kieran Kesner
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Kieran Kesner

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About this project

As a photographer, I share stories that bring people together. I am currently studying photography at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and will be graduating this winter (January 2014). My current work deals with two photography-based social action initiatives that focus on communities most people are familiar with only through misguided perceptions of prejudice or fear: Ultra-Orthodox Jews and the Roma (Gypsies) of Eastern Europe.

When visiting a new country, I make an effort to connect with people, live among local communities and assimilate myself into their culture. This spring I had the privilege of studying in the Czech Republic and quickly became aware of Roma people and the astonishing discrimination they suffer. During this time, I traveled to live with Roma communities in isolated parts of the Czech Republic. Working despite the struggle of a Czech/English language barrier, I spent weekends photographing their lives, hearing their stories, and discussing misunderstood public perceptions of their culture; stereotypes ranging from Gypsy criminality, lifestyle and nomadic misconceptions, to education. 

Through my skills in photography, video, and social networking, I seek to help change the tide of prejudice into a sea of acceptance for Romani communities by giving them a collective voice through this project.

Risks and challenges

Although there are always risks when immersing yourself in cultures and communities far different than your own, the risks to finishing this project are minimal. With the connections I have established and continue to make in the Roma communities, I expect no less than a successful completion of The Roma Project.

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    A personal thank you letter from me with a collage of images from The Roma Project.

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    One 4x6 signed print from The Roma Project, three mini prints, and a personal thank you letter from me.

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    One 5x7 signed print from The Roma Project, three 4x6 prints, and a personal thank you letter from me.

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    One signed 8x10 print from The Roma Project, three 5x7 prints, and a personal thank you letter me.

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    A personal invitation to The Roma Project show in NYC, a digital copy of the entire multi media project, plus all of the rewards listed above.

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    One 11x14 signed print, a portfolio of mini Instagram prints, a personal invitation to The Roma Project show in NYC, plus all of the rewards listed above.

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    You are Invited for a private tour of The Roma Project show in NYC! Plus one 11x14 signed print in addition to a portfolio of 4x6 prints from the Roma Project.

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    Portraits of You - Receive a personal portrait session photographed by me in New York City, Boston, or a three hour radius. Plus your choice of any of the above Kickstarter Rewards.

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Funding period

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