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Lunik IX

Artur Conka | Kosice, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)

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I went to Britain in 1998 as an 8-year-old migrant. I always wanted to return to my roots in the former Czechoslovakia to document the environment and more importantly the people at Lunik IX, where I had spent a number of years before it’s tragic decline into ghetto status.

I have made three successful trips to Lunik IX, Slovakia most recently in March 2012. Sadly Lunik IX is no longer the benign enlightened communist municipal housing project of the 1960s but rather sadly the largest Roma ghetto in Slovakia. Incredibly, there is 99% unemployment allied to alarming numbers of those addicted to drug and alcohol abuse from virtually cradle to grave. The very antithesis of the high minded socialist ideals that fueled the architects and builders behind the original utopian dream of a new community united in hope rather than divided by race, class, and cultural divisions.

 

My photography canon has focused most recently on the plight of the Roma and travellers in Europe. I myself am Roma and feel that it is important to give the Roma, so long voiceless without influence or consideration by those in power, a voice. They are a culture marginalised and suppressed in society. 

Email: Arturconka@googlemail.com

Phone numer: +447747848583

Agent:Riccardo Budini

rbudini@unframe.com 

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