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Arts and Culture

From the Dining Hall to the Budapest History Museum: Contemporary Roma art and cultural heritage, trapped in community space?

The present text[1] presents a brief overview of the cultural and communal mission of Romano Kher from Hungary, especially focusing on their summer camps where significant artworks were displayed and made a major impact on generations of Roma youth. I argue here that due to a lack of proper institutional background, Roma cultural and art...

COLLECTIVELY CARRIED OUT: Tamás Péli’s Birth

This week we present the film documenting the opening of the exhibition, Collectively Carried Out: Tamás Péli’s Birth. ERIAC Executive Director Tímea Junghaus takes you on an exclusive art historian-guided tour of the exhibition.   Entitled Birth, Tamás Péli’s monumental artwork is of unparalleled significance in many respects. Painted on fibreboard, the panel painting of...

Finalists of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2021 announced!

Finalists of the Tajsa Roma Cultural Heritage Prize 2021 announced The Tajsa Prize honors an outstanding Roma individual who is enriching Roma arts and culture, embodies the founding principles of ERIAC, drawing inspiration from Roma cultural heritage while shaping and re-inventing forms of Roma cultural expressions for the next generation.   The Tajsa Prize is very...

Dismantling ethnography, decolonising the museum, flipping the map: Wesiune thana / Place in the Woods by Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

There is no doubt that for some time now we have been witnessing two cultural processes in Europe, that are simultaneously complementary and competitive. On the one hand, the last decades of the twentieth century and the first decades of the twenty-first century can be characterised as a period of unprecedented growth of interest in...

Open Call: Artist Residency in Florence for Two Roma Contemporary Artists in 2022

    APPLICATION OPEN 1-month Artist Residency for 2 Roma Contemporary Artists   Scholarship in Florence The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) has joined forces once again with the Villa Romana (Florence) residency programme to offer an artistic residency for two Roma contemporary artists. This exciting initiative draws upon the ground-breaking work,...

The Role of Artist Residencies in the Promotion of Roma Contemporary Art

  WEAVE LabDay The Role of Artist Residencies in the Promotion of Roma Contemporary Art 19 November 2021 11:00am – 12:30pm CET ZOOM scroll down to register    hosted by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in cooperation with WEAVE (Widen European Access to Cultural Communities Via Europeana)     Speakers: Timea Junghaus, ERIAC...

Unexpected Encounters: Polish Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition — La Biennale di Venezia

On 28 September 2021, a jury assembled at the Zachęta – National Gallery of Art to select the winning curatorial project for an exhibition to be held at the Polish Pavilion as part of the 59th International Art Exhibition in Venice in 2022 (La Biennale di Venezia, 23 April – 27 November 2022, curated by...

Roma at the Venice Biennale

The selection of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas to represent Poland at the 59th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale is a great step forward for Roma contemporary art, Roma recognition and for the Roma people. Mirga-Tas has been exhibiting internationally for many years to great acclaim, and this opportunity is a fitting milestone in the artist’s...

Proud Roma Free Europe celebrates Romani Language Day

On the occasion of the World Day of Romani Language on 5 November, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) is releasing a collection of Romani language materials, under the umbrella of the Proud Roma Free Europe campaign. Barikane Roma Slobodo Evropa del pakiv pal o Dives le Romane Čhibjako To mark this year’s World Day...

Reclaiming Ourselves Through Our Labour: Selma Selman’s artistic practice and modes of healing

As I reflect upon how to synthesise ideas of a possible Roma museum, exhibiting the work of artists in a decolonised way, and on the work of Selma Selman in the context of her solo exhibition at the Kasseler Kunstverein in Kassel, Germany, which I co-curated with Olga Holzschuh, the following notions come to mind:...