Over the course of the 127 year long history of the Biennale, the exhibition commissioned by ERIAC for the 59th International Art Exhibition is only the fourth occasion when a presence of Roma art is ensured. The current cultural underrepresentation of work made by Roma coupled with the continuing stereotypical representation of Roma by non-Roma allows our repression to continue. Aesthetic discrimination—its motivations not so different from racial or gender discrimination—continues to rule the art scene. Despite being the largest national minority to many of the exhibiting national representations, Roma do not have a National Pavilion, and our presence at the Biennale is contingent on paying the exuberant collateral event fee.
On 22 April, we are reclaiming our space in Venice in a triumphal march celebrating cultural diversity! We will march with the Mahala Rai Banda from the Venice Giardini, where Malgorzata Mirga-Tas exhibits in the Polish Pavilion as the first Roma artist presented in a National Pavilion in the history of La Biennale, to the Palazzo Loredan for the opening ceremony of Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio, curated by Ilina Schileru.
17:00 Special Press Event: Inauguration of the Roma Exhibition – Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio – Performative Strategies of Resistance – Participatory Art, with contributions by: Ethel Brooks, Ioanida Costache, Mihaela Drăgan, Delia Grigore, Angéla Kóczé, Dijana Pavlovic, Erasma Vicenzina Pevarello, Alina Șerban | Curated by Ilina Schileru, Location: Exhibition space, Palazzo Loredan, Campo S Stefano 2945, Venice
18:00-18:30 Opening Ceremony with The Pillers and Mahala Rai Banda, Location: Atrium, Palazzo Loredan, Campo S Stefano 2945, Venice