Don't Look At Me Up, Photo Exhibition by Artan Korenica
January 25 - February 1, 2013, Aquarium Hall
The National Museum of the Romanian Peasant will invite you on Friday, January 25, 2013, at 6:00 pm, to the Aquarium Hall, at the photo exhibition Don't Look At Me, by Artan Korenica.
"Don't look at me from above" is a project that Artan Korenica started working on several years ago, being supported in December 2011, by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, the Foundation for an Open Society Kosovo and the Foundation for an Open Society, with a contribution from the Art Program and Culture, Budapest.
In the nearly 12 months of photographing the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro, he managed to capture all the stories he wanted to tell through these photos. The project consists of a photographic exhibition and an album. People who belong to different social and economic backgrounds, have a different educational background, belong to both genders and have different ages. The album contains photos from the exhibition, portraits and documentary photos presenting the living conditions of the people photographed.
"You have to thank God every day that your skin is white," my friend once told me. When I asked him why, he told me that for the simple things I do daily without thinking, he has to fight just because his skin is dark in color. I can't work anywhere I want, I can't live anywhere I want, I can't eat anywhere I want, I can't stay in the classroom wherever I want. Just because I'm "black".
Working between New York and Kosovo I thought I could do something about it. Through my work I could do something small and maybe, at least for one person, I would change the prejudices regarding people with dark skin. slowly, slowly, maybe one day we will understand that we are all the same.
It is important for me to show all these people working, eating, studying and playing, using my portraits and their eyes to show what they have to tell you, which you see as different. Just because they belong to the Roma, Ashkali or Egyptian communities, does not make them more important than you are.
Enjoy and think!
Biography of Artan Korenica:
Artan Korenica was born in Gjakova, Kosovo, in 1978. He started working as an event photographer in a school. After moving to Prishtina in 2000, he trained as a cinematographer, making a few films and videos. During his time as an assistant photographer he began to take photos for himself, developing his passion as a photographer. Artan Korenica usually photographs on a particular topic, prefers to produce photographic reports that present a story. His photographic and filmographic projects also have a humanitarian purpose. he is currently working between Kosovo and the United States.
Photographer: Artan Korenica
Producers: Armand Morina & Blerta Basholli
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