Prolaz, project about the continuous change experienced in the Balkans over the last years. It’s about the complexity of the human condition during the region’s transition toward democracy. It’s a personal view on the tension and the contradiction occurring here.

I started my journey in 2004 from Istanbul, I decided to start from Turkey, to capture the influence of Ottoman Empire in the Balkans.
And continue in subsequent years in different cities and surroundings from Albania, Bosnia, Bucharest, Croatia, Hezegovina, Kosovo, Istanbul, Macedonia, Montenegro, Sofia, Serbia, Skopje, Thessaloniki.

— Fabio Sgroi

A land of unsure boundaries, where opposites both attract and repel each other. The last decade has violently changed the physical and psychological dimension of these towns, evolving them into a nationalist drama and perhaps the conclusion of an irreversible sense of their own being. Nevertheless, there are vibrant feelings of hope and fear, stemming from the people’s conflicting sense of their cultural heritage.

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A Roma family sits under a plastic sheet to protect from heavy rain in Eforie Sud, Romania, on September 30, 2013 before an annoucement by the mayor on their case. Romanian authorities evicted around 100 Roma from a town near the Black Sea coast without providing them with alternative housing, prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The Roma families spent three days in a field despite the cold weather until the mayor decided later on Monday to host them in an old school.
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A Roma family sits under a plastic sheet to protect from heavy rain in Eforie Sud, Romania, on September 30, 2013 before an annoucement by the mayor on their case. Romanian authorities evicted around 100 Roma from a town near the Black Sea coast without providing them with alternative housing, prompting criticism from Amnesty International. The Roma families spent three days in a field despite the cold weather until the mayor decided later on Monday to host them in an old school.

[Credit : Mugur Varzariu/AFP/Getty Images]

Young Roma children attend a pre-school class on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.
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Young Roma children attend a pre-school class on September 11, 2013 in Ponorata, Romania. Between 400 and 500 Roma live in squalor at Ponorata, few have access to electricity and 95% of them are illiterate and unemployed. Many Roma from Ponorata have spent time in France to earn money, mostly through begging and scrap metal collection.

[Credit : Sean Gallup/Getty Images]