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Wroclaw 10.03.2013 Poland Roma girl, Karolina. Karolina escaped from her parents home (from different part of Poland) because of big love to Alex, one of the slums inhabitant.

Wroclaw 22.10.2012 Poland

Wroclaw 27.03.2012 Poland Florica family in their barack. From left: Aleksander (mental handicapped after car crash), Adam, Florica, Elvecian, Bunia (mental handciapped) and Taissa who is seven months gone.

Wroclaw 27.03.2012 Poland Dinner prepared on special Roma stove.

Wroclaw 20.06.2013 Poland Roma Woman, Myndra

Wroclaw 20.06.2013 Poland One of the family leader sits on his car.

Wroclaw 18.02.2013 Poland Roma barrack. Roma build their barracks in one day.

Wroclaw 05.05.2013 Poland Mikolaj and Renata in barrack.

Wroclaw 18.03.2012 Poland One of the Roms caught rat. Rats are big problem in the slums. They attack at night and eat out of food. Roma, however, have big respect for the animals - the rat was released.

Wroclaw 25.03.2012 Poland Fire caused by local inhibitants, in order to intimidate the Roma family. Roma are struggling not only with severe everyday life, but also with the city officials and neighbors. Among the local inhabitants they have a reputation of beggars, thieves and crooks, which is the cause of frequent acts of aggression against them.

Wroclaw 06.05.2013 Poland Roma pushing broken car.

Wroclaw 22.10.2012 Poland Roma child in Ikea bag.

Wroclaw 15.04.2013 Poland Young Roma boy poses with mask.

Wroclaw 08.12.2012 Poland Drawing made by one of the Roma children. The Drawing shows dreame-come-true home.

Wroclaw 20.03.2012 Poland Florica in his own barrack feeding baby.

Wroclaw 29.06.2012 Poland Roma woman, Malena with a cigarette. Malena dreams to go to Berlin - she is estranged from family.

Wroclaw 10.06.2012 Poland Young Roma boy.

Wroclaw 21.10.2012 Poland Roma clothes dryer.

Wroclaw 22.10.2012 Poland

Wroclaw 05.05.2013 Poland Interior and decor of one of the barracks with Hannah Montana.

Wroclaw 22.10.2012 Poland Kalici's wife Eva carries Zyna.

Wroclaw 21.10.2012 Poland Malena and her Mom Marika listen to music.

Wroclaw 22.10.2012 Poland

Wroclaw 05.05.2013 Poland One of the roma sleeping in his bed.

Wroclaw 16.04.2013 Poland Roma digging hole for garbage.

Wroclaw 04.05.2013 Poland Roma barrack. Roma build their barracks in one day.

Wroclaw 27.04.2012 Poland One of the Roma women slept on the ground.

Wroclaw 05.05.2013 Poland Interior of one of the newly raised barracks.

Wroclaw 09.09.2012 Poland Roma boy flexing its muscles.

It is easy to fight for the rights of people who shout out loud in protest. It is much more difficult to notice those who do not manifest openly. The Stigma Project tells the story of the 60 -member family of Romanian Roma, living in an encampment on the outskirts of the city of Wroclaw in Poland. But this is not another chapter of a colorful Gypsy legend, to which the Roma community is often wrongly classified. Limiting the photo sessions to the location of the Dog Field – the district of Wroclaw occupied by the Roma slums –  I deprived the recipient of the opportunity to observe the Roma people during what is commonly considered to be their everyday life – begging and theft. Surrounded by family, separated from the rest of society, they turn out to be completely different people, unfitting the conventional ideas. There are no typical camps with campfires, songs and spells – instead, there are good people with unusual interior and dramatic life stories, hurt by many whom they met on their way. They struggle not only with severe everyday life, but also with the city authorities and neighbors. They have a reputation of being beggars, thieves and crooks, among the local inhabitants, which causes frequent acts of aggression against them. All the actions of municipal authorities, with a view to solve the Roma problem, are leading to attempts to intimidate and evict them.

This story of the Roma,  is primarily a story about family, relationships and emotions of people, who despite all, seem happy and peaceful . It is also an attempt to analyze the condition of the modern family, on the border between tradition and modernity. This group of nomads , dependent on the constant search for a better world , unconsciously surrenders to the influence of mass culture , struggling with the same concerns as any modern man.