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Exhibition Opening: romarisingV4 by Chad Evans Wyatt - Nov. 9, 6 pm

  • Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Embassies of Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary, invites you to the exhibition opening romarisingV4 by Chad Evans Wyatt, with special guest Petra Gelbart, Ph.D., musician, activist, and scholar, on Monday, November 9, at 6 pm.           

The exhibition romarisingV4 features 40 portraits of successful Roma from the Visegrád Four (V4) countries – Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Hungary. The black and white photographs counter stereotypical images of Roma, revealing vibrant individuals excelling in their careers. They are a powerful testament of courage in the face of prejudice. For additional information about the romarising project, please visit

“My hope is that majorities everywhere will come to understand that these people are treasure, talents of vast ability,” said photographer Chad Evans Wyatt.            

A reception featuring delicious delicacies from each of the V4 countries follows the event.              

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic             
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW        
Washington, DC 20008

The exhibition will be on view until December 14. To schedule an appointment to view the exhibition, please call 202/274-9105 or email               

The event has been organized as part of the Czech Republic’s Presidency of the Visegrád Four (V4). The V4 reflects the efforts of the countries of the Central European region to work together in a number of fields of common interest;its ultimate interest being the democratic development in all parts of Europe.            

Chad Evans Wyatt is a photographer based in Washington, DC. He has worked on the project romarising for over ten years, photographing successful Roma in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Romania and Canada.          

Special Guest:               
Petra Gelbart, Ph.D., a founding member of the band Via Romen, is a Romani musician, activist and scholar who is at home both in the Czech Republic and the U.S.  She combines the Romani vo­cal production she learned from her family with elements drawn from more improvisational and popular genres. Recently, she completed her doctorate in ethnomusi­cology at Harvard University with a dissertation entitled “Learning Music, Race and Nation in the Czech Republic.” She promotes the rights of minority children, particularly those in state care and foster care. Currently, she is starting a center for Romani people and music at New York University.