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Sonnekaskro Djiephen

Photocredits: Peter Cox

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The story of Sonnekaskro Djiephen

Publication tekst of the exhibition Dream on at Bonnefantenmusuem Maastricht

Writers and curators:  Roxy Jongewaard & Celien Govaerts

Morena Bamberger ( Roermond, 1994 ) made a large installation commissioned by the Bonnefanten. The work, Sonnekaskro Djiephen, Sinti for a life of gold, will be included in the collection. It forms the transition between the collection presentation DREAM ON and the solo exhibition of Malgorzata Mirga-Tas. Bamberger made the trailer in close consultation with Mirga-Tas.

This trailer, and especially its wheels, speaks to the heart of Sinti and Roma culture.

It symbolises constant movement. Not surprisingly, the wheel is centrally depicted on the Sinti and Roma flag. Bamberger sees the caravan as a chapel, a small shrine that honours the lifestyle and culture of the Sinti and Roma. Even though they no longer travel, they keep their customs close to their hearts.

Projected onto the laundry, hanging on the line to dry, are two films. They are from 2017, when Bamberger was still in art school and struggeling with her identity as an artist. Being an artist had not been something she was taught from home: her family struggled so much with Bamberger's choice of profession that it led to a split. In these films, we see Bamberger  firt tentative rapprochement.

In the first film, Bamberger portrays the trailer park she grew up in and her family, viewing herself as an artist through the eyes of her family. In the second film, she uses the caravan camp as a studio amd looks at Sinti culture from the point of vieuw of being an artist.

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