TIFA 2021 People / Culture


  • Prize
    Gold in People/Culture
  • Photographer
    Selene Magnolia
  • Agency / Studio
    Selene Magnolia
  • Photo Date

With the awakening of nationalist sentiments, in Europe the urgency to preserve national identity burns along borders but also inside, forcing minorities into ghettos. Like wounds, these need to be healed, prevented from infecting what is around them, closed. 
 Roma people are in 2019 more than 11 million, and Stolipinovo, in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, is today the biggest Roma ghetto in Europe. In contrast with a strong community-based culture, its alleged 75000 people live in squalid decay and daily social emergency. Stolipinovo is a portrait of systematic discrimination in Europe in our century.