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 Dajan Percic
Conversations and Interviews with Dajan Percic, president of the Cooperative Bosnia-Herzegovina, the largest community in the camp, as well as with 98-year-old Maria, the oldest woman of the camp.
Vicolo Savini is a non-authorized camp which is located centrally in Rome. The most urgent problems within the camp are the provision of sanitary facilities and nightly police raids. On top of this, there exist severe tensions among the different communities in the camp whose origins lie in the assignment of refugees from Bosnia-Herzegovina to the different existing camps during the 90s.
Also, the camp’s relations with its direct neighbourhood are problematic. There are massive tensions with the neighbouring residential quarters and with the university which is situated directly next to the camp. The university administration had a wall of 6 meter height erected that blocked the emergency exit of the camp and was torn down by the camp inhabitants in 2001.