Giuvlipen, Romania’s Roma revolutionary theater
Giuvlipen is a Roma feminist theater group founded in 2014 by a group Romanian-Roma actresses,in Bucharest, Romania. The group’s aim is to break stereotypes about Roma, empower Roma women and challenge racism in Romanian society and patriarchal Roma communities.
Their performances talk about early marriage, lack of education, evictions, LGBT rights, discrimination and exoticisation of Roma women. In 2017, Giuvlipen toured Romania with their performances, campaigning for a Roma state-funded theatre.
Roma, the largest minority in Europe, are often victims of discrimination and in Romania, according to the World Bank, 9 out of 10 Roma live in deprivation, lacking basic access to healthcare and education.
Over the last two years, I have been photographing the group, following them on tours, but also in their daily lives. This is work in progress, and I intend to continue following the group’s growth.
Andreea Campeanu is a Romanian freelance photojournalist based in her hometown Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She frequently covers arts, fashion and sports culture in marginalized countries or communities, and is interested in the intersection between art and politics. Her work often focuses on documenting issues related to displacement and the effects of conflict. Andreea has covered the ramifications of war in South Sudan and Central African Republic. In the past, she lived and worked in Sudan, South Sudan, Madagascar and Lebanon. She also worked in Spain, Morocco, Central African Republic, Greece, Turkey. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Time, Le Monde, Paris Match, and National Geographic Romania, among others. She frequently contributed to Reuters, AFP and the United Nations. Andreea holds a MA in Media and Visual Anthropology from Free University in Berlin. She received grants from Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and IWMF.