Opening the show on Tuesday, Attila Sztojka, the government commissioner for Roma relations, said the issue should not be whether a person is Roma or not, but how they can contribute to the good of the community and strengthen the economy. A common responsibility was to work towards such a future, he said.
Two images of Gypsies — their rich culture and poverty — tend to flash up in people’s minds, he said. But unity achieved since 2010 has given them strength, faith and hope to overcome their hardships, he added.
Stojka cited the prime minister as stressing the importance of narrowing disparities between the mainstream and Gypsies through government-supported programmes.
Meanwhile, the commissioner paid tribute to jazz legend Bela Szakcsi Lakatos, a pianist and composer who died a few days ago.
The exhibition has been mounted by the Public Foundation for the Research of Central and East European History and Society and the government commissioner responsible for Roma relations. The images on display have toured the country at 27 locations so far.