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RomArchive – Digitales Archiv der Sinti und Roma

Europe: Heritage Lived RomArchive

From 2018 on, RomArchive – the Digital Archive of the Roma, will make arts and cultures of the Roma publicly accessible and visible as integral parts of European cultural history.

Through a counter-history told by Roma themselves, RomArchive will establish a reliable source of knowledge that contrasts stereotypes and prejudices with facts. Roma will shape the archive in all positions of responsibility – as curators, artists, scholars, and members of the project’s advisory board. The curators will determine the contents of the archive and select and gather works of art from the fields of dance, film, literature, music, theatre and drama, visual arts, material on the politics of photography, first-person testimonies related to the persecution of the Roma under the Nazi regime, and scholarly material on the civil rights movement.

After the five-year project duration, the project initiators Isabel Raabe and Franziska Sauerbrey will transfer the archive to a European Roma organisation, on which the Advisory Board will decide.

RomArchive is funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes (German Federal Cultural Foundation). The Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen is partner for the technical implementation of RomArchive. Further supporters are the German Federal Agency for Civic Education and the Federal Foreign Office.