Mugur Vărzariu

Mugur’s im­ages have been pub­lished by pres­ti­gious in­ter­na­tional mag­a­zines. He ex­hib­ited for UN­HCR, mark­ing the WRD and the 60th An­niver­sary of UN­HCR and his work was screened at Visa Pour l’Im­age in 2011, 2012 and 2014.

Selected acknowledgements:

He is es­pe­cially at­tached to the Roma peo­ple’s cause and he hopes that one day, his work, from im­ages to pub­lic speeches and pre­sen­ta­tions will help end the plight of this ex­tremely cha­langed eth­nic group. He is also ac­tive as a pub­lic speaker on hu­man rights is­sues and so­cial im­pli­ca­tion through pho­tog­ra­phy (Barcelona, Bucharest, Brus­sels). Mugur, as a true ad­vo­cate of change, hopes his im­ages will high­light im­por­tant hu­man is­sues and per­suade the view­ers to step in and of­fer prac­ti­cal help to those in need. To Mugur, mak­ing a prac­ti­cal dif­fer­ence for the bet­ter for those in need through his pic­tures is the main tar­get, the high­est and only truly mean­ing­ful re­ward for his work.

As a re­sult of his di­rect ac­tions, hun­dreds of Roma peo­ple to­day still have a home or they were given al­ter­na­tive hous­ing af­ter be­ing forcibly evicted by abus­ing au­thor­i­ties.

“We claim we want to help when all we do is to run from one story to an­other. I say, let’s be re­dun­dant for a while and stay on the sto­ries next to us un­til we re­ally start see­ing im­prove­ments. There are many sto­ries that need our long term com­mit­ment. I choose to tell the story of the Roma peo­ple for it’s a story more rel­e­vant to­day in Eu­rope than it ever was. Re­spect­ing the rights of the Roma peo­ple is some­thing each of us can help oth­ers do. It’s not easy and it in­volves Ro­ma­ni­ans and Eu­ro­peans alike”.

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