It explores the history of Berlin’s Sinti and Roma since the Weimar Republic, both in a European context and through personal biographies. A central focus is the Sinti and Roma civil rights movement: for recognition of the Holocaust, against antiziganism, and for a self-evident normality as citizens with equal rights. Beyond a historical perspective, the exhibition features twelve contemporary portraits from the “RomaRising” photo series by Chad Evans Wyatt, as well as the Grimme Prize–winning RomArchive.
Nevertheless, survivors and their descendants had to fight for decades for recognition of the Holocaust against the minority. It was not until 2012 that the civil rights movement achieved an important step towards public visibility with the inauguration of the central memorial in Berlin to the Sinti and Roma of Europe murdered under National Socialism. But structural and societal prejudices and antiziganism still persist. Rejecting this ongoing everyday discrimination, the Open Space exhibition demands recognition of Sinti and Roma as “Citizens with Equal Rights” – as a matter of course.