Mapping the Invisible: EU-ROMA Gypsies

Lucy + Jorge Orta: Wandering (2009)

A project by Professor Lucy Orta, supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.

Principal Investigator: Professor Lucy Orta
College: London College of Fashion

Project summary

Mapping the Invisible is the first publication dedicated to EU-ROMA gypsies. Roma gypsies are constantly in the news and gypsy folk bands are rising up the charts. Mapping the Invisible expands on this and takes a more complete look at the culture and lifestyle of the Roma gypsies.

Mapping the Invisible: EU-Roma Gypsies takes the reader on a visual journey across Europe with a focus on its fastest-growing ethnic minority: the Roma. This publication is the result of a unique partnership called EU-ROMA, formed by a group of architects, designers and artists wishing to raise awareness of the diversity and richness of the Roma people. The book shows us the EU-ROMA projects conducted together with the gypsy communities in Romania, Greece, Italy and the UK.

The EU-ROMA partnership was formed as a result of European Community funding, linking the four countries, with the emphasis on an open dialogue on Roma housing issues and public space. The intriguing networks that have been formed were aimed at mobilising and exchanging knowledge and experience from each of the members’ specialist fields in the domain of architecture, contemporary art, urban planning, humanities, sociology and human rights. The outcomes of EU-ROMA form the heart of this book.