my young days the remark ‘you live or behave like a gypsy’ did not have the
meaning of a compliment, but in our romantic heads we admired them, we somehow
all longed to get rid of our social chains, take the minimum of belongings in
our rucksack and just walk off, working on the way to feed your body, what else
did you need when you had the whole world at your feet. I think it was just
that: gypsies did not recognize any official laws, any borders, the whole word
was theirs to walk and live on.
gypsy population in Europe, romanis and sintis and other subgroups, still comes
up to some millions, some more millions in Central Asia and in America but no
correct figure is known, as many refuse to register. They are of Indo-Aryan descent.
In many countries governments try to socialize them, to make them give up their
free life and to subject to society rules, etc.
photographers Yıltan Taşçı, Mustafa Evirgen, Ceyhan Özyıldız and Mustafa
Müezzinoğlu – the Group Prime Four – as they call themselves, have undertaken a
voyage over four years in search of the gypsies in Cyprus, and they found the
last ones, literally the last ones in some open places in Cyprus. The results
of this journey we could see in the exhibition from May 02-06 at the Atatürk
Cultural Centre in Nicosia. I would say, an homage to a people whose traditions
and values come equal to our - or at least my understanding of freedom, of
living with nature, of living with little possessions to make travelling easy. In
the introduction of the book, the four photographers speak of the beginning and
the progress of their journey, please find it attached.
is a very honourable project and they have my respect, not only for the openness
and understanding they approached these people with, but also for the documentary
and artistic realization. Here only a small selection of photos.
they can make this exhibition available in other cities and communities across
the island as it represents a valuable documentary. The book, supported by HE Mustafa Akıncı, is
available for sale at the National Library and should be available soon in
bookstores. The book contains hundreds of beautiful photos on 273 pages, price for soft cover TL 60 and hard cover TL 80...