16 March 2018

The French Museum of the history of immigration presents Mondes Tsiganes, an exhibition on the multiple representations of the Tziganes that run through the history of photography, from the romantic vision inherited from the 19th century, to the images of an archaic and asocial people.

On this occasion, over 800 photographs are exhibited, following a double approach: on the one hand, an anthropologic and documentary one, on the other hand, the display of the series Les Gorgan by Mathieu Pernot, whose some other works, such as Les Migrants, Le grand ensemble or Les Cahiers afghans and La carte, belong to the museum’s collection.

With Les Gorgan, Pernot retraces his encounter with a Romani family living in France for more than a century. This documentary work, that lasts 20 years, testifies, combining polaroids, Rolleiflex B&W pictures, snapshots or posed portraits, of the complexity of gypsy culture, thanks to the many voices telling the story.

The Éditions Xavier Barral have released, in 2017, this photographic album, accompanied by two essays. The first one, by Clément Chéroux, recontextualizes this series in the history of photography; the second one, by Johanne Lindskog, examines the approach, both artistic and ethnographic, of the photographer. 

Mondes Tsiganes

From March 13 to August 26, 2018

Musée de l'histoire de l'immigration

293, avenue Daumesnil

75012, Paris, France

Published at the Éditions Xavier Barral:

Mathieu Pernot - Les Gorgan





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