Irina Ruppert’s series ‘Cortorari Gypsies’ will be on display at Münster’s St. Joseph Church from August 23 to September 22, 2020. The long-term project focuses on the inhabitants of Bratieu, a rural village in Transylvania, at the heart of Romania. Since 2006, the Hamburg-based photographer has repeatedly visited this community of Roma people, who maintain a traditional way of life: ancient crafts, such as forging household items out of copper, are still widely used as a way to generate an income.
Ruppert captured the villagers’ personalities in portraits that are both evocative and characterised by a great clarity. “In each picture, Ruppert tries to convey the pride that the people have lost since the fall of communism in 1989,” says Klaus Michael Bogdal, author of the book ‘Europe Invents the Gypsies’. “And more than that: in these images the people depicted develop their own pride.”
For further information visit St. Joseph Church Münster and Irina Ruppert