In the framework of activities around the “Day of Memory” of the Roma in Italy, the KIOSK project aimed to create a visibility and debate of the Roma’s situation in and around Rome. The KIOSK was placed in the Foyer of Termini station. The dialogues being produced and displayed aimed to mediate the current situation of the Roma in Italy in the larger context of their cultural memory, models of oral history and their relation to space, place and territory.
The films focussed on the overarching discussion on cultural integration, identity, and the geography of camps interviewing members of the Roma community, local activists, politicians, artists, social workers and journalists and collecting numerous personal stories and experiences, setting them into relation to recent and historical political events.
Talks with Charlotte Braidi
Campo Boario belongs to the richest and most privileged Roma camps in Rome. Its inhabitants have been living in Italy for several generations, with the last arriving in Rome during the 1970s. Their dominant occupation is the dealing with cars and cleaning of metal.
There are conversations with Charlotte Braidi, the daughter of the second chief of clan in the camp, who was the first Roma to complete the 8 years of compulsory school in Italy, with Alessandro, the son of the first chief of clan and first business man of the camp, and also with his father Matteo, the first chief of clan.
The conversations cover the history of the camp, memories of their oldest inhabitants of the persecution during fascism and the genocide of the Roma (Samudaripes), as well as the most urgent problems they face today: The lack of “transit places” for the nomadic months of the summer, when the families travel through Italy and clean metal. Finally they address topics such as the political representation and organization of the Roma in Rome.