Founded in 2011 as a result of a higher education course development project Roma Visual Lab(oratory) was designed as an innovative form of studying Roma images and, since then, it has been functioning as a community film club based on student involvement and active participation. In the best tradition of engaged scholarship it has become a place of cultural resistance by moving the classes into the unique cultural space of DocuArt Film Art Centre that is also open for the general public.
The Roma Visual Lab pays critical attention to the media and other sorts of visual representation of the Roma. It is based on the argument that the visualization of the Roma does not, at the same time, mean their visibility. In each edition (semester) it focuses on different elements of Roma visibility and integrates the reactions or feedbacks of the students and the audience into the process of organizing its program. The university (BA and MA) courses connected to the Roma Visual Lab vary from one semester to the other and they also incorporate new contents thereby following (or even advancing) the maturity process inherent in the work of the lab.
While this website records and archives all of the acts and events of the project, it hopes to be far more than just an archive: it is a way of accumulating reflexive knowledge and also a source of inspiration for those who are involved in the representation of social issues and the cultural interpretation of films.