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Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Photographer
Lucia Sekerková
Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers
Gomma Photography Grant 2019 Winners

Gomma Photography Grant 2019

Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers

Photographer

Lucia Sekerková

Vrăjitoare - witches, fortune tellers, healers

02 Feb, 2022

Many Romanian Roma women identify themselves with such descriptions. Me and an ethnologist, Ivana Šusterová, have decided to make a fusion between photographic work and an ethnological study. For over four years, we have been researching the world of Romanian Roma women who professionally practice fortune telling and witchcraft. I try to record the consequences of modernisation, which has inherently transformed this profession, which in itself balances on the thin divide between mysticism and showmanship for the client who themselves seek them out on the basis of advertisement in the media or on social networks.

About the photographer

Lucia Sekerková

Lucia Sekerková Bláhová (*1991 Slovakia) studied Advertising photography at Faculty of Multimedia  Communications  of  Tomas  Bata  University  in  Zlin  in  the  Czech  Republic.      During  her  studies,  she  has  been  documenting  the  life  of  Wallachian  Roma  women  in Romania. She has received a student grant IGA FMK UTB in 2017 and together with an    ethnologist  Ivana  Šusterová,  they  combined  their  work  in  a  book  “Women  selling hope”(PositiF, 2017) which includes both their photos and essays. The book was displayed in  Benaki  Museum  during  the  Athens  Photo  Festival  in  Greece  and  at  the  festival  Les Rencontres  de  la  photographie  in  Arles  in  France,  at  Kunsthalle  during  the  Month  of    Photography  in  Bratislava  in  Slovakia.  In  the  years  2018-2019  project  “Vrăjitoare”  was presented  as  a  solo  exhibition  in  Czech  Photo  Centre  in  Prague,  in  Fiducia  gallery  in Ostrava,  in  the  Museum  of  Romani  Culture  Brno  and  in  Central  European  House  of Photography in Bratislava, Slovakia. It was shortlisted for the New East Photo Prize 2018 and exhibited in Calvert Foundation 22 in London. She was announced as the winner of Feature  Shoot  Emerging  Photography  Award  2018  and  as  the  Personality  of  Czech Photography  in  the  category  up  to  30  years.  It  was  also  shortlisted  for  others,  such  as Portraits  -  Hellerau    Photography  Award  in  Germany,  Poznań  Photo  Diploma  Award  in Poland. Her project            “Vrăjitoare” has also been published in various magazines such as  Foto,  Fotograf,  Respekt,  Lens  Culture,  Calvert  Journal,  Indie,  Huck,  Re:public,  Vice, Feature Shoot, LK magazine, F-stop, Wired, Refinery29, Denník N, Gente di Fotografia, Bird in Flight, It’s Nice That, Society, Marie Claire.