„SUKAR” Symposium and Exhibition to Envision a Prosperous Future for the Largest European Minority
Featuring Roma contemporary artists and public intellectuals
During the United Nations General Assembly
At the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, USA
Organized by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC)
Opening date: September 24, 2018
During the United Nations General Assembly which will take place in New York City, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) will host a Symposium and Exhibition at the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York. The ERIAC „SUKAR” Symposium and Exhibition to Envision a Prosperous Future for the Largest European Minority, will take place on September 24th, 2018 and is supported by the Federal Foreign Office of the German Federal Republic.
The symposium is organized to present the most current trends and approaches for the recognition and support of Roma arts and culture and Roma leadership in Europe, and beyond. It will include the discussion “The role of ERIAC and the Roma cultural scene in (Re-)Building Social Solidarity”. The recent (2017) establishment – achievement of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture contains the efforts made by the transnational, well-organized and persistent Roma cultural movement and its non-Roma allies and supporters throughout Europe, who understand that social inclusion is impossible without cultural inclusion, and who know that the security and well-being of the largest minority is a precondition for the stability and prosperity of Europe. The discussion serves as a platform to look beyond the present and envision the peaceful, respectful and prosperous future for the Roma, as well. The discussion is a platform for exchange between those who have been the guardians and allies for the transformation which builds on the assets within the strong, sukar (beautiful) and self-determined minority.
The exhibition is an attempt to look beyond the Roma stereotypes and representations and contemplate a future in prosperous and peaceful co-habitation and mutual respect. The exhibiting Roma artists extend, comprehend and step in conversation with the existing, permanent artworks presented in the exhibition hall of the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York. The newly forming collaborative works, installations and space-segments contemplate the knowledge, strength and beauty, ready to be shared and educated from within the Roma community. The artists reflect upon the role of the Roma themselves in working responsibly, authentically and sensitively with the resilient and rich Roma cultural heritage and it`s immense contribution to national cultures. They demonstrate the artists` pedagogy to preserve – Roma artefacts, traditions, occupations, language, beliefs and knowledge – as a strategy of survival amidst a history of continuous persecution, discrimination and violence.
Participating Artists: Daniel Baker, Robert Gabris, Delaine Le Bas, Emilia Rigova, Alina Serban