Poveste de Alina Șerban
Iustrații de Vera Surățel
A story by Alina Șerban
Illustrated by Vera Surățel
Home is a comic book written by Alina Șerban and illustrated by Vera Surățel in 2020, in the context of pandemic. It addresses both Roma children and adults, with heroes from the Roma community and, most importantly, told from a Roma perspective. It speaks about what it means to be a girl, Roma, poor, evacuated and institutionalized.
Home was developed as a response to the lack of access to housing, the illegal forced evacuations of Roma people and the rise of nationalism and far-right hate.
It is not only specific to Roma experience, but it also represents an universal story, helping non-Roma empathize with Roma characters and cultivating solidarity. It is a story that Roma children could see themselves in, feel proud of who they are and their skin tones, raising their self-esteem.
Project supported by:
The comic book ‘Acasa’ was written and illustrated with the support of a grant offered by Fundația9.
The project was developed and made available to a larger audience with the support of The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture – ERIAC. The comic book was translated to English, French, Rromanes, Spanish, Russian and the Rromanes dialect of Spoitoreste.
Russian translation by Ludmila Pînzari
Spoitoreste translation by Sorin-Cristian Moisescu
Spanish translation by Lucas Molina
French translation by Marine Leduc
English translation by Roxana Vasile
Rromanes translation by Daniel Petrilă