Virginia Lupu

Virginia Lupu (Romania, 1990) is a photographer based in Timișoara. She seeks to present her subjects as they exist and coexist in society without altering their appearance to fit certain social norms, expectations or stereotypes. This practice translates well in her project with Roma witches. Beginning with the deep roots of magical practices in the collective mentality, this project proposes to demythicize and devulgarize the image of alternative spiritual practices traditionally present in the Romanian space. The occult and magical practices have yet to find representation in Romanian visual culture. As such, this project seeks to open the door to exploring and appreciating Roma superstitions, magical practices and witchcraft, while also providing a deep and unaltered understanding of this pivotal aspect of a matriarchal culture within a patriarchal society.

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