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Romani Rights Through Pop and Comic Art

Vicente Rodriguez Fernandez
Romani Rights through Pop and Comic Art
Friday, October 23, 2015 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
CHID Lounge
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Vicente Rodriguez Fernandez was born on the 27th of April 1988 in Valencia and raised in a small town named Alfafar in a Roma family. Since he was a child, he has been interested in unconventional forms of art. Vicente was early influenced by the work of comic artists like Jack Kirby, John Buscema and Barry Windsor-Smith; also by Stanley Kubrick’s and Harry Hausen’s work on makeup and special effects in movies. He currently works as a freelancer with different Roma associations and nongovernmental organizations, working for Roma rights. Recently he wrote an article for the Institute of Roma Culture in Spain about the relations between Roma and Sinti and American graphic novels. He is a member of TernYpe International Roma Youth Networkand Ternikalo XXI, he participates in trainings and seminars on national and international level. Through his creations - anthropomorphical models where human subconsciousness is mixed with cultural archetypes - he tries to show the impact of being different in society. His lectures and workshops often involve connecting comic book heroes to the plight of Romani in Europe today.