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Zsófia Bihari

Bihari studied Cultural History and Theory in Berlin. She was responsible for the third Roma Pavilion at the 58th La Biennale di Venezia as assistant curator and project coordinator of ERIAC. She is currently working in the field of non-formal historical education.

A Roma Museum – The Promise of a Discursive Space, and a Source of Knowledge


Mihaela Drăgan

Actress and playwright who lives in Bucharest (RO) and works in several European countries. In 2014, she founded Giuvlipen Theatre Company, for which she is both actress and playwright, together with other Roma actresses. Over the past few years, she has been working in Berlin as an actress for Maxim Gorki Theatre, Heimathafen Neukölln, and Theatre Aufbau Kreuzberg. She was one of six finalists for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award in New York, and a 2020 nominee, an award which acknowledges the exceptional work of 20 theatre women around the world. In 2018, Drăgan was a resident artist in Hong Kong at Para Site Contemporary Art Centre, where she developed Roma Futurism, which lies at the intersection of Roma culture with technology and witchcraft. She was acknowledged by PEN World Voices: International Play Festival 2018 in New York as one of the ten most respected dramatists of the world. In 2019, she was one of the playwrights selected for the acclaimed Royal Court Theatre International Summer Residency in London, where she wrote a science-fiction play about a future utopian society of Roma witches who control technology and fight neo-fascist politics in Europe.

RomaMoMA Video Interviews


Julia Ferloni

French curator and specialist in the art and societies of Oceania. She taught this discipline at Ecole du Louvre in Paris, and published several popular books and articles on the history of the discovery of the Pacific. She also initiated the reopening of the anthropology gallery of the Museum of Natural History in Rouen, and was curator of its section devoted to Oceania with Te Papa Tongarewa, National Museum of New Zealand (2011). From 2011 to 2014, Julia Ferloni headed the scientific hub of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation and Restoration of Heritage (CICRP), based in Marseille. She then joined the Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem) as head of the Craft, Commerce and industry Collection, and curator of L’Amour de A à Z (Love from A to Z, 2018) and Barvalo (2023). She specialises in accompanying participatory projects in museums.

BARVALO: Designing an exhibition on and with Roma communities in a French national museum 


Meghan Forbes

Postdoctoral Fellow in the Leonard A. Lauder Research Center for Modern Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Previously, she was the C-MAP Fellow for Central and Eastern Europe at MoMA. Meghan’s writings have appeared widely, in both scholarly and popular publications, such as ArtMargins, Umění/Art, Hyperallergic and post: notes on art in a global context. She has also contributed to monographs and exhibition catalogues on the artists Alice Trumbull Mason, Toyen and Władysław Strzemiński. Meghan is the sole editor of International Perspectives on Publishing Platforms: Image, Object, Text (Routledge, 2019) and co-curator of BAUHAUSVKhUTEMAS: Intersecting Parallels (Museum of Modern Art Library, 2018). She is the founder and co-editor of harlequin creature, a not-for-profit arts and literary imprint of handmade books and magazines established in 2011.

The body as archive, archiving one´s self


Oto Hudec

Multimedia visual artist, who focuses on ecology, immigration and the impact of globalisation on the environment. Hudec graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava.

Oto Hudec and Emília Rigová: a dialogue


Timea Junghaus

Art historian, contemporary art curator, and Executive Director of the Berlin-based ERIAC: European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture. She has researched and published extensively on the conjunctions of modern and contemporary art with critical theory, with particular reference to issues of cultural difference, colonialism, and minority representation.

Argument for a Roma Transnational Museum 


Delaine Le Bas

Artist. She is currently one of the artists in The Crack Begins, within the 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art (2020), and Guest Professor at UdK – University of the Arts Berlin.

RomaMoMA Just do it! B.A.M.N – An Idea For a New Museum


Maria Lind

Curator, critic and curator, currently based in Moscow, where she is Councillor of Culture at the Embassy of Sweden.

Modest Copernican Revolutions


Achille Mbembe

Achille Mbembe is a Cameroonian philosopher and political theorist based at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. He has written extensively in African history and politics and critical theory, including On the Postcolony (2001); Critique of Black Reason (2017); Necropolitics (2019); and Out of the Dark Night: Essays on Decolonization (2019). His books have been translated into numerous languages. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the winner of the 2018 Gerda Henkel Award and the 2018 Ernst Bloch Award.

The Global Present


Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

Małgorzata Mirga-Tas was born 1978 in Zakopane (PL). She graduated from the Sculpture Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in 2004. She participated in the International Sculpture Symposium in Brno (CZ, 2012), and was co-creator of the exhibition Zalikierdo Drom in Warsaw (2014). She was awarded a scholarship of the US Government International Visitor Leadership Program in the USA on the subject of Promoting Social Good Through the Arts (2015). Mirga-Tas received awards at the 42nd and 44th Biennale of Painting Bielska Jesień (2015, 2019), and participated in the International Art Symposium at the Moravian Gallery in Brno (2011, 2017). She also participated in the 3rd Art Biennale in Timisoara (RO, 2019), the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), and the Warsaw Gallery Weekend (2020). Mirga-Tas was awarded a scholarship of Poland’s Minister of Culture (2018). Mirga-Tas is engaged in many social art projects aimed at counteracting exclusion and racial discrimination and xenophobia.

RomaMoMA Video Interviews


Katalin Németh

Németh is an alumna of the Romani Studies Program, and of the School of Public Policy Program at the Central European University in Budapest. She led ERIAC’s Cultural Institutions Network Initiative (CINI) project.

A Roma Museum – The Promise of a Discursive Space, and a Source of Knowledge


Bojana Pejić

Born 1948 in Belgrade (Yugoslavia, now Serbia), is an art historian and curator. She studied History of Art at the University of Belgrade, and in 2005 she defended her PhD: “The Communist Body – An Archeology of Images: Politics of Representation and Spatialization of Power in the SFR Yugoslavia (1945-1991)” at the Karl von Ossietzky University in Oldenburg, Germany. From 1977 to 1991, she was curator at the Student Cultural Centre of Belgrade University, and organised numerous exhibitions of Yugoslav and international art. She has written criticism since 1971, and was editor of the art theory journal Moment (Belgrade, 1984-91). In 1995 she organised the international symposium, The Body in Communism, at the Literaturhaus in Berlin. Pejić was chief curator of the exhibition, After the Wall – Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe, organised by Moderna Museet Stockholm (1999), and shown at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art Budapest (2000), and at Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin (2000-2001). In 1999, Pejić was a co-curator of the exhibition, Aspects/Positions, at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (MUMOK) in Vienna. She was artistic director of the international exhibition, Artist-Citizen, 49th October Salon in Belgrade in 2008, and chief curator of Gender Check: Femininity and Masculinity in the Art of Eastern Europe, shown at MUMOK and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw. She edited Gender Check: A Reader – Art and Theory in Eastern Europe in 2010. She co-curated the international exhibition, Good Girls Memory, Desire, Power, at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC) in Bucharest (RO, 2013), and HERO MOTHER – Contemporary Art by post-Communist Women Rethinking Heroism (Berlin, 2016). She is guest lecturer at Bauhaus University in Weimar with the course “Public Art and New Strategies” since 2014. She is also currently a Senior Non-Resident Fellow at New Europe College (NEC) in Bucharest (RO, Getty Program), 2018-2021. Pejić has lived and worked in Berlin since 1991.

Andaro Angluno Vast


Nihad Nino Pušija

Born 1965 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Hercegovina, is a fine art photographer. His work (since 1992), focused primarily on documentary and portrait photography, aims to capture Roma identity in Berlin, where he has been based for the past 27 years, and elsewhere in Europe. Important themes in his work include: the politics of recognition, minority positions in contemporary artistic and curatorial practice, south-east Europe, refugees, conflict resolution, integration and the Roma in Europe. His work has received support from nGbK Berlin (New Society for Visual Arts), Museum of European Cultures, and Allianz Cultural Foundation. He was included in both the 1st and 2nd Roma Pavilions at the Venice Biennale 2007 and 2011. Pušija lives and works in Berlin.

Andaro Angluno Vast

RomaMoMA Video Interviews


Emília Rigová

Visual artist of Roma origin. She is also a university lecturer at Matej Bel University in Banská Bystrica, where she teaches art courses. Her work focuses on the internal and external construction of the Roma identity, and the acquisition of the Roma body into the long history of European culture.

Oto Hudec and Emília Rigová: a dialogue


Selma Selman

(b. 1991) is from Bosnia and Herzegovina and is of Romani origin. She earned her BFA in 2014 from Banja Luka University’s Department of Painting. In 2018, she graduated from Syracuse University with an MFA in Transmedia, Visual and Performing Arts. In her artwork, the ultimate aim is to protect and enable female bodies and enact a cross-scalar approach to the collective self-emancipation of oppressed women. Selman’s search for functional, contemporary political resistance stems from her personal experience of oppression from multiple directions and scale. Selman founded the organisation “Get the Heck to School”, which aims to empower Roma girls worldwide who have faced poverty and ostracization from society. Selman currently lives and works in Bihac (BIH) and New York. Selman participated in Tania Bruguera’s International Summer Academy in Salzburg, “Arte Util” in 2013. In 2014, Selman was the recipient of the Zvono Award, given to young artists in Bosnia, and in 2017 Selman was awarded the Trieste Contemporanea Award. In 2018, she was nominated for Forbes 30 under 30, Art and Style, and in 2019 she was the winner of the White Aphroid Award, Maribor (SLO), as well as winning the Power of Excellence Award from the Association of Business Women in BiH and Magazine Grazia, Sarajevo. Selman’s works have been shown, among others, at Kunsthalle Wien (2020); L’Onde Center for Art, Paris (2020);  58th Venice Biennale (2019); Queens Museum (2019); Villa Romana, Florence (2019); The Creative Time Summit, Miami (2018); 3. Berlin Herbstsalon, Maxim Gorki Theatre (2017);  acb Gallery, Budapest (2017); agnès b. Galerie Boutique, New York (2017); Good Children Gallery, New Orleans (2016);  Kunstquartier Bethanien, Berlin (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Banja Luka (BIH, 2014).

RomaMoMA Video Interviews


Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Literary theorist, feminist critic, postcolonial theorist, and professor of comparative literature. She is professor at Columbia University, where she is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society. Considered one of the most influential postcolonial intellectuals, Prof. Dr. Spivak is best known for her seminal essay, “Can the subaltern speak?”, and has eleven honorary doctorates form universities across the world.

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Gaytri Spivak on Affirmative Sabotage


Anna Lujza Szász

Sociologist, who currently teaches at Budapest Corvinus University. She is also project manager of the OFF-Biennale Budapest’s RomaMoMA section.

Some thoughts on the museum of Roma Contemporary Art


Dan Turner

Artist and educator from London, a Romani born in Kent. Turner trained at Saint Martin’s School of Art, where he completed a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art (Sculpture). He works across media, including sculpture, video and painting. Turner’s practice explores the interaction between Romani and mainstream culture through themes of commercial interchange in Romani life. He is interested in how human life can be defined and archived through made objects, and how these objects communicate across timelines through a shared material culture, articulating that culture to a wider audience. Using transactional objects which have significance across both cultures, Turner examines how Gypsy, Roma and Traveller cultures meet and interact with the dominant culture. Working with migration maps of Roma diasporas, and using traditional crafts and occupations, such as herbalism, wooden peg and flower making, and fortune-telling, Turner re-imagines the Roma past, present and future to challenge mainstream culture’s view of Roma identities. His work, Seeds of Healing, was shown in FUTUROMA at the Venice Biennale 2019. His work is currently on view in Wales, in the Gypsy Maker Project, supported by the Romani Cultural and Arts Company, and in Berlin at the Kaidikhas Gallery.

RomaMoMA Video Interviews


Krisztina Varga

PhD student at ELTE (Budapest), in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies programme, and researcher at Minor Media / Culture Research Centre. Graduated from the Art Theory Department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts as an Expert in Contemporary Art Theory and Curatorial Studies. In her studies, she examined questions of contemporary Roma art institutions (Institutional History of Roma Culture in Hungary, 2014; National Roma Museum in Hungary, 2016). The focus of her PhD research is on the cultural representation of minorities and the question of the Roma museum.