The “Poor Roma, poor Cserehát” was a research project and exhibition connected to the 2010 “European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion”. The exhibition represented Hungary in 2010 in Brussels in the events of the European year.
The European Union dedicated the year 2010 to the fight against poverty and social exclusion. The basic principle of the European Year was to draw attention to the worrying state of people living in poverty and social exclusion, to change negative stereotypes connected to poverty and to motivate European citizens to pay attention to these problems. Butterfly Development used its extensive field experience to find people to introduce their lives in their own words.
Our goal was to introduce to the wider public the lives of poor people-Roma and non-Roma alike living in a disadvantaged rural area of Hungary. The exhibition material developed from the interviews and the photographs aims at motivating people to think about poverty, social attitude and the willingness to help those in need. Can people do something, and if so, what can they do to help people living in poverty?
Winning one of the grants of “European Year for Combating Poverty and Social Exclusion”, Butterfly Development meant a chance to introduce to the public the everyday lives of people living in one of the most disadvantaged areas of Hungary: their faith and their everyday struggle in poverty. We developed the concept of the research and the exhibition and gathered information with the help of the Visual Anthropology Department of Miskolc University. We have the methods of action research to identify interview subjects with the help of local Roma workers.
You can find the research and exhibition documentation online: