FRAMING EQUALITY and EQUALITY IN FOCUS are two projects that took shape as a photography and video workshops conducted by APIS Institute in order to overcome stereotypes and empower migrant and Roma women living in Slovenia. In the framework of these projects, 8 photo-stories and 5 short films have been created. Through these media, the participants uncovered their own personal stories and therefore added a personal touch. These stories draw a mosaic of a few women in Slovenia who struggled because of their non-Slovenian origin. Most of all, they remind us that in the end, we are all human.

In this era of multicultural society, understanding people from another cultural environment is extremely important; a photo exhibition and short film screenings opened a different and more intimate perspective to the viewer in order to better understand diversity.

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The authors of the exhibition Framing Equality come from different cultural environments, but all live in Slovenia.

Nino Bektashashvili- The Story of Her/ Zgodba o njej
Egzona Berisha- My family/ Moja družina
Iryna Furst– Confrontations: Portraits of Ukrainians in Slovenia/ Soočenja: Portreti Ukrajink in Ukrajincev v Sloveniji
Elena Kyrachkova- The Life of Toys/ Življenje igrač
Yuliya Molina- Home Sweet Home/ Ljubo doma, kdor ga ima
Jasna Rajnar Petrović- Oooooonly UP!/ Saaaaam’ GOR!
Iryna Stanković- Slovenia and Ukraine, Sisters in Ethnological Heritage/ Slovenija in Ukrajina, sestri slovanskega etnološkega izročila
Ivana Stanojev- Remaking Home/ V iskanju doma

The results of the project Equality in Focus are 5 short films created by women who come from Georgia, Colombia, Ukraine, Serbia and Russia.

Nino Bektashashvili- Alone (fusion of double identity)/ Osamljena (Fuzija dvojne identitete)
Yady Lorena Meza Obando- Migrant, mother in Slovenia/ Migrantka, mati v Sloveniji
Yuliya Molina- Some-one (Life is a collage) / Ne-kdo (Življenje je kolaž)
Jasna Rajnar Petrović- Woman in hip hop (Minority in sub-culture) / Ženska v hip hopu (Manjšina v subkulturi)   
Ivana Stanojev- Love carries me / Ljubezen me ponese

To view the films through our Youtube channel, please click HERE. Also, the photo-stories have been published in a catalogue that you can view HERE. You can find Yuliya Molina‘s video story and  Nino Bektashashvili‘s hereunder.

The author and mentor of this project’s photography course was internationally recognized photographer Manca Juvan. The video training has been conducted by mentor for socially engaged video production Romana Zajec who also developed the programme for both projects. Advisory and co-mentoring during the programme by Dr. Mirjam Milharčič Hladnik, research advisor by the Slovenian Migration Institute at the Research Center of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts in Ljubljana. Nataša Kotar has coordinated the activities and was responsible for the impeccable organization.

The presentation of the project Framing Equality in ZRC Atrium has been done in partnership with the Institute for Slovenian emigration and imigration ZRC SAZU. It has been presented through an exhibition in SEM (Slovenian ethnographic museum)  which has been organized by APIS Institute in partnership with the museum itself and has been co-financed by the Ministry of work, family, social affairs and equal opportunities (MDDSZ). The project was also presented in the National Assembly in the frame of APIS Institute’s project Migrations: Perspectives/ Migracije: Pogledi.
Secondly, the project Equality in Focus has been co-financed by the Embassy of the United States of America. For the help and cooperation in conducting these two projects, we thank the City library of Ljubljana, the Institute of Slovenian emigration and immigration ZRC SAZU and the Slovenian Ethnographic museum.

The MDDSZ is not responsible for the information contained in the material in the projects as well as their continuing use.

Project Equality in Focus was funded, in part, through a U.S. Embassy grant. The opinion, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the Authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of State.Screen Shot 2018-01-05 at 3.01.05 PM