The visibility of the Roma. Practices of contemporary image production and reception

In this thematic issue of Apertúra (an online academic journal on film, visuality, theory) readers find many stories whose characters are the authors or the heroes they pay attention to. They are excellent theoreticians, artists or everyday people who had appeared in several academic, cultural scenes, but here they show up in new narratives, in the spaces of new struggles, that were formed (after bell hooks, feminist theoretician) by “the language and thinking used for self-recovery”. It is important to note, that this issue does not intend (to get) to know the Roma. But rather to reveal and analyze the system of relations that determine its ways and means in academic, artistic and public life, or even in some cases distort or control it by power devices. Although the publications here are on image production and reception, in many cases they are based on media, film and memory studies, visual anthropology, art theory and social sciences. There are remarkable encounters in references and trains of thoughts, as if the characters mentioned above were walking on roads that cross: we can witness important encounters.

Most of the essays analyse contemporary artistic products, events that – in my opinion – replace the overused phrases of public speech and  of the discourses of sciences mentioned above. Thus they can help us to understand relations that we are usually only able to recognise. Hopefully our common effort to make them visible is not a rope of sand. They can help all those engaged scholars, artists or responsible citizens to make the “umpteen first step” (Sostar Group) toward our common goals. One of the most important ones could be to avoid dead ends and astray. Among the authors there are many scholars, artists and students who were participating in the PATTERNS Lectures course development at ELTE University (Andrea Pócsik).

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