Gypsy: what is in a word, pride or prejudice?

Text by Filip Borev / The photographs were taken during a workshop held by Ayzoh in Maramures, Romania

Every week without fail someone asks me “is the word Gypsy offensive?” There really is no simple answer. ­How can there be when there are 12 million Romanies in Europe alone — all with their own opinions, experiences and identities.

It is this fact which complicates almost every debate amongst and about the Romani people. We are considered as this one, gigantic ethnic group with a single Romani identity. It is assumed we speak one language, share one identical culture and, indeed, unite under one name.