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Piroska É Kiss


Ghetto déjá vu

I am deeply committed to the problems of poverty and ghetto life - that is why I wanted to take part in the 2nd Ghetto Biennale.

Hungarian proverty has also created its ghettos, which are mostly inhabited by Gipsies. Despite a different standard of poverty, a different climate, different habits, etc, I think the athmosphere of hopelessness, the people living there, the objects created by them, and the art emerging there are similar in Hungarian and Haitian ghettos.
My project involves a series of photos showing the similarities, matching situations, scenes and moments. I sent many photos from Hungarian ghettos to a Haitian colleague, Romel Jean Pierre, who looked for the equivalents of my pictures in Port-au-Prince. Then he sent me ghetto photos whose equivalents I tryed to find in Budapest. We have continued this coupling of pictures till the beginning of the Biennale. I wanted to create a strong form of exhibiting those pictures on the walls of an alleyway. So we organized the pictures into the form of a tabloid.

H&H Ghetto Magazine / Hungarian and Haitian edition, 2011


  Streets, squares
  Houses, gates, courtyards
  Street art
  Life of housing development ghettos
  Life on ruins: among the ruins of the earthquake
  among the ruins left by World War II, the passing
  time, and neglection
  Homeless life
Social life, social events
  Relationships, love, family
  Community life in the street, gangs
  Food distribution, relief
  Leisure and entertainment
  Ways out (learning, jobs, art, sports)
  Dead-end ways (alcohol, drogs, crime, prostitution, begging)
Meny thanks for Romel's work. He has made wonderfur photos. I hope we'll continue the work!
  Piroska É.Kiss










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