Both a journal and a photographic report, this publication documents Luca Vitone's travel from Italy to India, in the footsteps of
the first Roma migrations between the eighth and fourteenth centuries.
Romanistan is the story of the journey Vitone made to
retrace, from Bologna to Chandigarh, the route the Roma and Sinti people
took from northwest India to Italy. Tracing a migration that occurred
between the 8th and 14th centuries, the artist explores an interest,
namely the Romani culture. Vitone's research has concentrated on the
concept of nomadism and the identity of ethnic minorities through an
analysis of his cultural productions—from art to cartography,
architecture, music and food—as elements that encourage awareness among
people and different cultures. The account of the Roma migration route
becomes a tool for a broader reflection on the idea of place and travel,
community, tradition, and the perpetuation of social clichés and stigma.
The journey back to the origins of the Roma people is represented through
an external gaze that goes beyond the stereotypes with which the Roma are
commonly associated, focusing instead on representing the intellectual
bourgeoisie through encounters with political personalities, social
activists, academics. For Vitone, the Roma population represents a modern
and transnational ideal of a population, almost becoming a forerunner,
even in light of the current mass migrations.
Luca Vitone (born 1964 in Genoa, lives and works in Berlin and Milan) is
an Italian artist. Since 1987 his work has been exhibited in public and
private spaces in Italy and abroad including: Venice Biennale, MART
Rovereto, PAC Milan, Museion Bolzano, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, MMOMA
Moscow, CAPC Bordeaux,
Montevideo Biennial, Neuer Berlin Kunsthalle, Palais de Beaux Arts
Brussels, Museo Pecci Prato, MAXXI Rome, Triennale Milan. He is a lecturer
at the Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti in Milan since 2006.