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The memory of the event – the Romani on display

2010 Exhibition


This project is like Russian babushka dolls: a documentary film and an exhibition in 1972 is circumscribed by a meeting with political discussion, which is circumscribed by a new exhibition focused on ‘Becoming a Copenhagener’ at the Museum of Copenhagen 2010.

This is a story of immigrants, rejection, acceptance: Amager Common and the Romani.
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Document: Description of the project (1973)

The following document is found in the archive with other papers like sketches, timelines, production considerations, transcripts of interviews, photocopies of articles from newspaper and books, the manuscript for the film. The document is maybe written in 1973 or maybe 1974 and it is unclear for what purpose it has been written and for whom.
The document introduce the 16-mm documentary film, the exhibition, the meeting and the many activities the production group were involved with.

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The film ‘Amager Common 1972’

The documentary film was produced in 16 mm film over a period of four months. The members of the activist production group were inexperienced as film producers but had a fine network of professionals as advisors and mentors. Half of the group has continued in the field and has worked as professional filmmakers since.  

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The Exhibition (1972)

When asked whether the film could be used in the 2010 exhibition in the Museum of Copenhagen, I remembered that the original exhibition from 1972 maybe still existed.

I walked into a cellar where I have not been since two orange boxes were placed there in maybe 1974 when the temporary exhibition was taken out of circulation after having been presented in forty libraries all over Denmark.

There they were. The two orange wooden transportation boxes that were designed especially for the 20 black chipboards.





Meeting at the National Museum of Denmark 1972

The very intensive work for creating and supporting the public discussion about the group of the 69 gipsies led to a public meeting arranged by the activist group. In the very old and beautiful ceremonial hall at the very respectable National Museum of Denmark more that 500 hundred people were gathered.

The very casual and hand-made yellow poster asks the question: WHAT ABOUT THE GIPSIES? – and as an introduction to the panel discussion the documentary film ‘Amager Common 1972’ shot that very summer, was shown.

The panel consisted of politicians, layers, ethnographic experts, teachers and people from NGO’s.
  A deep analysis of the creative process in the production of this exhibition will appear in Ingemann, Bruno (2012): Present on Site. Transforming Exhibitions and Museums, Lejre: VisualMemory Press.