gadjo dilo in romanì language means crazy stranger ; stranger in a world where being different means almost a crime and not a virtue , and crazy because for the most of the people they live outside the parameters and don't have the capacity to adapt themselves inside a structured society .
This is a travel in an marginalized and discriminated world never accepted, a world where kindness, hospitality and cordiality are essential in their daily live; a unique universe where time never passes.
Special thanks to the Matovic family, who practically adopted me and give me the freedom to describe their reality.
The Matovic family comes from a little slovakian village, near the hungarian border. Poor standard of living and discrimination pushed them to emigrate to another country. They quickly intrigued me so i started taking pictures of them, at the beginning without any serious intention. Then i didn't see them for a couple of years . After a couple of years I met them again and started to see them more often. In the meanime they legalize their status and rent an appartment. A very old and colourful one and there was full of weird and odd people all the day long.
The mother found a job as a dishwasher and maintained all the family. The sons didn' work yet and the father very often went to the park to play the guitar or beg. He always spent all his money in wine and returned home after a couple of days. The family rapidly increased, the two sons get married and 5 nephew were born, now they live on their own.
In the 2008 i went with them to visit their relatives in slovakia. They didn't see them for 10 years.This travel was repeated in the 2009 . iboyla or viola like is called in italy and Martin were the godparents of their nephew baptist. In november of the last year i returned again for the day of the death, Martin and Iboyla came with me they bring flowers to the grave of their parents.This year they would like to return again, i would ike to stay longer.
My interest to learn more about their culture is rooted in the bottom of my deepest subconscious and i still cannot really see why. After year of photographing them i still have the need to move forward and forward. the project is still ongoing.
*name taken from the tony's gatlif movie