The Manouches are a Sinti community living in France and particularly in Alsace since the 15th century. They speak romenés, a germanised romani, and are a Gipsy ethnic group. They originally moved from South-Eastern to Western Europe escaping slavery and the Ottoman invasion. They later were deported and partially exterminated by the Nazi, as other Gipsy groups.

In spite of having been subject to a strong adaptation pressure since centuries, the Manouches people have maintained a remarkable cultural autonomy. Many of them still speak romanés and maintain several traditions and long-standing legal norms. This is true also for their family life, which is still regulated by precise rules. Clan patriarchs are still highly recognized.

I have explored these dynamics through a photographic series conducted with members of the manouche community living in Strasbourg. I have aimed to highlight the difficult equilibrium between tradition and adaptation to everyday life, a constantly changing family life and the humanity and dignity of visages.

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