Strada Lautariilor or the village of Taraf de Haïdouks

by Klaus Reimer (Germany-Belgium)

“Strada Lautariilor” (rue de la musique) or the village of Taraf de Haïdouks

The artist Klaus Reimer took these black & white photographs in 1989 in the village of Clejani, about 30 km from Bucharest in Romania.
The communist dictatorship had just fallen and liberated free speech, while maintaining the social benefits of the fallen regime for a few months. The result was a relative recklessness reflected in these portraits. Klaus froze life in the “Lautars” district of the village. The Lautars are a “caste” specialising in music within the Roma community. Some of them will form the famous band “Taraf de Haïdouks”.

© photos: Klaus Reimer

About the artist

  • Degree in journalism and communication (ULB 1982), photography school of the City of Brussels 1987,
  • Main exhibitions: Maison Haute (1988 & 1991), Galerie Verhaegen (1996), Brussels, Galerie Off, (1997) Paris,Mois de la Photo 2008, Paris, Barbican Center (2000), London, Zuid Pers Huis, Zomer van de Fotografie (1998), Antwerp.
  • Publications: Agence Belga, Le Soir, Geo, Télérama, INA, Le Vif, l’Hebdo de Lausanne
  • TV: CNN (2000)
  • Artists commissions: Wim Van de Keybus, dance, Fonny Jeziersky, sculpture, Marianne Berenhaut, installations, 2000)

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Visit the exhibition at Point Culture in Namur!

until 30/04 • “Strada Lautariilor” – rue de la musique