“Miranda” stopping over at the NSK: The opening of an international touring exhibition on the Roma holocaust
Miranda – the Roma Holocaust. Who’s afraid of the White Man?, an international touring exhibition organised by the Finnish Creative Association for Arts and Culture DROM and the National and University Library in Zagreb will open on Thursday, 29 June 2017, in the Library’s grand lobby, starting at 18.00.
The exhibition visitors will be welcomed by Director General of the National and University Library in Zagreb Tatijana Petrić, ambassador of Finland in Croatia His Excellency Timo Rajakangas, State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Culture Ivica Poljičak, State Secretary at the Croatian Ministry of Science and Education Hrvoje Šlezak and Member of the Croatian Parliament and Special Envoy of the President (Speaker) of the Croatian Parliament Irena Petrijevčanin Vuksanović. The exhibition will be presented by Veijo Baltzar, author of the exhibition and President of DROM, and it will be officially opened by Veljko Kajtazi, Member of the Croatian Parliament and Special Envoy of the President of the Republic of Croatia. The opening ceremony will include performances of Roma music by the DUDA 2 quartet and the Finnish ensemble Ludvig XIV.
The exhibition’s “Croatian stop” is organised under the auspices of the Croatian Parliament, with the support of the Croatian Ministry of Culture and Embassy of Finland in Croatia. It will be on view until 31 August 2017.
This international exhibition was first presented on 15 February 2017 at the Espoo City Cultural Centre in Finland and its world tour was launched in May 2017 at the Museum of Occupations in Tallinn, Estonia and the Riga Ghetto and Holocaust Museum in Latvia. In Tallinn, the exhibition was opened by First Vice-President of the Parliament of Estonia Enn Eesmaa, while the exhibition in Riga was opened by Mayor of Riga Nils Ushakovs, which in itself bears witness to the significance of issues that this exhibition is highlighting.
Since 2012 the exhibition has been put on all around Finland and the beginning of its international tour also marked the beginning of Through Miranda’s Eyes 2017–2018, an international touring project funded as part of the EU Europe for Citizens programme as well as from the resources provided by Sweden’s and Finland’s cultural funds. Miranda – the Roma Holocaust. Who’s afraid of the White Man? deals with the silent genocide against Roma people throughout the Second World War, and during its Finnish tour, as part of which from September 2013 to March 2014 it was put on at the National Museum of Finland, it attracted around one million visitors.
The aim behind Through Miranda’s Eyes is to provoke intercultural dialogue and, using the example of the publicly almost entirely neglected Roma holocaust, provide a brand new perspective on European history and thus hopefully prevent its dark parts from happening again. Presenting Miranda as the Roma Anne Frank in an innovative way that managed to attract large audiences and owing to its being the first exhibition ever to feature the theme of the Roma holocaust which was also entirely produced by Roma themselves, Miranda – the Roma Holocaust. Who’s afraid of the White Man? has so far become highly recognisable at international level. Apart from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Croatia, the exhibition will also visit Albania, Argentina, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Norway, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Ukraine.
The exhibition’s finale has been scheduled for spring 2018, when it will be put on at the European Parliament, in Brussels.