The streets of Šutka

International Workshop, in collaboration with Stalker/Osservatorio Nomade Rome, KTH of Stockholm, TU Delft, University of Belgrade and UN-Habitat in Belgrade.

Šuto Orizari or simply Šutka arose after the tragic earthquake that destroyed Skopje in 1963, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Roma people were evicted from their historical Topana district and moved to the countryside, far from the city centre, where they live today.
In 1996, the Macedonian government officially acknowledged Šutka as the first Roma municipality in the world, the largest Gypsy enclave in Europe, where thousands of exiles gathered, escaping from Serbia, Kosovo and Bulgaria, or expelled away from other EU countries. Šutka hosts 12 Roma tribes, more than 25.000 people, and it is rapidly developing with inappropriate employment rates which produced very low living conditions and scarcity of services.
This series of polaroids have been shot on February 27th, 2007. Some of the photographs have been instead distributed to few people met on the street. Although Romani had already become sedentary by the 14th century, the settlement of Šutka has been generally considered as the definitive abandonment of their long mythical nomadic past. Therefore, precisely in the streets - with their smells, noises, shared spaces, shops, nomadic shelters, markets, trades, tales - life constantly reproduces millenary dwelling habits, rituals and daily common efforts for an itinerant survival.