Justice (Justicia) is an artwork by Séfora Camazano. It is an original Giclée Fine Art print on 100% cotton acid-free canvas with dimensions of 130 x60 cm. Created in the year 2024, it is part of the “Female Portraits: Looking Back to the Past” collection.

The painting is a captivating portrait of Séfora Vargas. Seated on a terracotta-colored sofa, she is illuminated from her left side, highlighting her presence in the composition. Her long blonde hair falls freely, adorned with a delicate yellow flower. Séfora wears a pink jacket and a blue dress with white polka dots, a combination that enhances her unique and vibrant style.

Her hands are clasped, resting on her left leg, which is crossed over her right. In her left hand, she wears a striking ring on her middle finger, while her right wrist features a bracelet in blue and green tones, symbolizing the Romani flag.

Séfora directs a serene and peaceful gaze towards the viewer, conveying a sense of calmness and confidence. On the wall behind the sofa, a shadow rises diagonally around her head, creating an intriguing and enveloping visual effect. The other side of the wall is more illuminated, revealing patches of beige color that add depth and texture to the composition.

Séfora Vargas is a prominent Romani woman, writer, activist, and lawyer from Seville. Her involvement in the collection “Female Portraits: A Look into the Past” positions her as a representative and voice for Romani women, who still face various forms of discrimination based on their gender, economic status, and ethnic origin. As a lawyer, she has dedicated her career to defending cases of gender-based violence and advocating for women trapped in situations of vulnerability and social exclusion.

Currently, many Romani women are subjected to misogyny and must endure abuse in silence, as within their community, reporting these acts is considered unacceptable and reserved only for non-Romani women. Séfora’s work involves denouncing these situations of oppression and misogyny and helping Romani women break the imposed silence. Her mission entails courageously challenging the traditional values of Romani culture, seeking to change the deeply rooted patterns of misogyny and abuse that many Romani women have been taught to accept as normal.

The pursuit of “Justice” for Romani women, who have been oppressed for centuries, is the driving force behind Séfora Vargas’s struggle. Her activism extends beyond transforming perceptions within the Romani community; it aspires to bring about change throughout society, promoting gender equality and respect for all individuals, regardless of their ethnic origin.

The artwork production

Justice was inspired on the artwork Joaquina la gitana (1914), by Joaquín Sorolla.


© Séfora Camazano