Johny et Vanessa, Avignon, 1997 © Mathieu Pernot
Johny et Vanessa, Avignon, 1997 © Mathieu Pernot 

Mondes tsiganes. La fabrique des images

13/03/2018 - 26/08/2018

Musée national de l'histoire de l'immigration 
293, avenue Daumesnil 
75012 Paris   

Mondes tsiganes. La fabrique des images is a two-part exhibition which explores the relationships between photography and the Manouches, the Kalé and the Roma – the people whom the others call Romanichals, Gitanos and Gypsies. Their presence has always drawn the attention of artists and reporters. Whether they are citizens of France or of other countries, they are constantly regarded as outsiders.
The first part of the exhibition, A photographic story, 1860-1980, aims at showing how the photographs of these communities were made. Far from reductive clichés and stereotypes, the images reflect encounters between photographers and their subjects. They allow another history to be discerned – individual faces stand out against the images of their lives.
The second part, called les Gorgans, 1995-2015, focuses on the experience Mathieu Pernot had with a Rom family. Mixing his photographs with their own archival documents, Pernot underlines the singularity of each family member beyond their community.