Sead Kazanxhiu’s The Nest: Making Space and Envisioning Agency for Marginalised Cultures

At documenta fifteen, five massive swallow’s nests have appeared on the façade of the Fridericianum. Emerging from its walls between the engaged columns of its southeastern wing, the rough surfaces and organic forms of the five polymer structures that comprise Sead Kazanxhiu’s The Nest at once challenge and compliment the Fridericianum’s neoclassical monumentality. These nests…

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Roma Rajni: RomaMoMA Library ft. Daniel Baker and Farija Mehmeti

With Roma Rajni: RomaMoMA Library featuring Daniel Baker and Farija Mehmeti, ERIAC brings together the painterly oeuvre of Farija Mehmeti and the RomaMoMA Library at the National Library of Kosovo. The RomaMoMA Library was created in 2021 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the First World Romani Congress. It is dynamic and nomadic, engaging with…

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HOW TO TELL STORIES THAT MATTER? ERIAC Expert Talk within Manifesta 14 Programme

it matters what worlds world worlds. how to tell stories otherwise… Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Expert Talk 16 May 2022 The 14th edition of Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, will take place from 22 July until 30 October 2022 in Prishtina, Kosovo. Organised for the occasion of the biennial, Manifesta 14 has set up the…

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How Many Swallows Make a Summer? On Sead Kazanxhiu’s Nests

Sead Kazanxhiu is one of the most engaged protagonists of the contemporary Albanian art scene. His artworks are dedicated to the culture, problems and the status of the Roma community from which he originates. Sead’s activist and artistic practice are in symbiosis with the broader struggle for the awareness of the significance of Romani culture,…

Text by Vladan Jeremić ›››

One Day We Shall Celebrate Again: RomaMoMA at documenta fifteen

We have relied on our own archives, our own transgenerational sharing of knowledge, our own pedagogies of practice. The beauty that we share with the world, the ways that we teach, learn, and thrive, have been built by us, for each other—and, yes, for you. We have healed each other, and, through our fortune-telling, our…

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Roma Pavilion at the 23rd International Art Exhibition Triennale Milano: Emília Rigová: And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) presents Emília Rigová: And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other, curated by Timea Junghaus, an official Roma exhibition at the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition. The exhibition comprises installation, video, photography, found objects, and a community art project. At the centre is the altar honouring the oeuvre, career, and…

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One Day We Shall Celebrate Again: RomaMoMA at documenta fifteen

RomaMoMA is a transnational, collaborative and discursive art project of the European Roma Institute of Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and OFF-Biennale Budapest. In Kassel, the group exhibition, One Day We Shall Celebrate Again: RomaMoMA at documenta fifteen, showcases artworks in relation to the idea, question, and (im)possibilities of a “RomaMoMA” (Roma Museum of Contemporary Art). How can…

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Blackness in the Absent Body: On the Work and Artistic Career of Emília Rigová

There are certain key impulses that inspire the work that the Slovak-Roma artist Emília Rigová (*1980) has produced up till now, and which guide her creative trajectory. First and most crucial is the emergence of her alter ego, Bári Raklóri (bári = big, raklóri = daughter of non-Roma parents), which has become a leitmotif of her…

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Why Have There Been No Great Roma Women Artists?

This year marks five years since the passing of the prominent American art historian, Linda Nochlin, who became world renowned for her 1971 ground-breaking article, “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?”[1] Unfortunately, Nochlin will not bear witness to this year’s 59th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale[2] that promises to be a ground-breaking long-overdue…

Text by Suzana Milevska ›››

How to Tell Stories that Matter? ERIAC brings Manifesta 14 to Belgrade

it matters what worlds world worlds. how to tell stories otherwise… Manifesta 14 Western Balkans Expert Talk 16 May 2022 The 14th Edition of Manifesta, the European Nomadic Biennial, will take place from 22 July until 30 October 2022 in Prishtina, Kosovo. Organised for the occasion of the biennial, Manifesta 14 has set up the…

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Venice Biennale Dispatch: Daniel Baker, Getaway 2022

Daniel Baker’s preoccupation with the contingent nature of Roma material culture is highlighted in the conceptual artwork Getaway, an installation designed to occupy the public square at the entrance to Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from Seraglio, & Roma Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance, at Biennale Arte 2022. Getaway is defined as: an act or instance of…

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Official Opening! The Abduction from the Seraglio, 59th Biennale di Venezia

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…

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Re-Enchanting the World: Collaboration instead of Competition

Interview with Wojciech Szymański and Joanna Warsza, co-curators of Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s exhibition in the Polish Pavilion at the 59th Venice Biennale. What is the exhibition concept and the journey behind it? Wojciech Szymański: The concept for the exhibition Re-Enchanting the World was born late last summer. On the one hand, with its title, the exhibition refers…

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Małgorzata Mirga-Tas: I Set Out to Re-Tell the Roma Story

Re-enchanting the World – a conversation with Małgorzata Mirga-Tas, the artist representing Poland at the 59th International Art Exhibition Your monumental work in the Polish Pavilion refers to the famous “calendar” cycle of frescoes from the Renaissance Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara, Italy. How was the idea for this project born? MMT: The project is an…

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Eugen Raportoru’s exhibition includes marginalised perspectives and creates a platform for feminist artmakers

RomaMoMA interviews curator Ilina Schileru. You are both an artist and a curator. How have these two practices influenced each other within you? Ilina Schileru: It all started with my need to create a community as an artist, and I envisioned it as an artist-led community. That is when I began negotiating for a space…

Text by Etelka Tamás-Balha ›››

The Biennale is a Red Carpet for Artists

RomaMoMA interviews Eugen Raportoru. Among the most recognised painters of his generation in his country of origin, Eugen Raportoru (Bucharest, 1961) has always taken pride in his Roma origins. His recent experiments in installation narrate past memories from his childhood and often contain self-referential elements through which he creates a hidden genealogy of the unspoken…

Text by Etelka Tamás-Balha ›››

The Roma Exhibition as a Space for Transnational Alliances

Interview with the Commissioners of the Roma Exhibition at the 59th Biennale Arte: Abduction from the Seraglio: Timea Junghaus, Executive Director of ERIAC, and Zeljko Jovanovic, Director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office, and Chairman of the Board of ERIAC RomaMoMA: What is the history of the presence of Roma art at the La…

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Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio and Roma Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance

Collateral Events of the 59th International Venice Biennale.  Curated by Ilina Schileru. Commissioned by Zeljko Jovanovic and Timea Junghaus on behalf of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).  With special contributions from: Ethel Brooks, Ioanida Costache, Mihaela Drăgan, Carmen Gheorghe, Delia Grigore, Angéla Kóczé, Dijana Pavlovic, Erasma Vicenzina Pevarello, Alina Șerban The…

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Mobile, Virtual, Ephemeral: Collections of the Future?

In the times of museums being burned down because of war or put at risk because of climate disaster effects – what is a meaning of a public art collection? Could we imagine a different definition of collecting, an alternative circulation of objects, or an art museum without art objects? What if museums start collecting…

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Roma Women – Performative Strategies of Resistance

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) is proud to present Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio, accompanied by Roma Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance, an official collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Ilina Schileru. In the long history of La Biennale, this is only the fourth occasion when a presence of…

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Emília Rigová at the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) is proud to present Emília Rigová: And the One Doesn’t Stir without the Other, curated by Timea Junghaus, an official Roma exhibition at the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition. The Triennale takes place 15 July – 11 December 2022, under the title Unknown Unknowns. An Introduction…

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Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio and Roma Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance

Collateral Event of the 59th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia Curated by Ilina Schileru Commissioned by the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC), Željko Jovanović, Timea Junghaus Exhibition Venue: Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti | Campo S. Stefano 2945 Opening Event: 22 April 2022, 6–7pm Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere…

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Re-enchanting the World Małgorzata Mirga-Tas

The Re-enchanting the World project by the Polish-Roma artist for the Polish Pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition is an attempt to expand the Polish and European iconosphere and art history with representations of Roma culture. Adhering to the title of this year’s edition of the Biennale Arte (The Milk of Dreams), the artist will create…

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ANNOUNCEMENT OF ARTIST RESIDENCY WINNERS 2022 IN VILLA ROMANA, FLORENCE

International Guest Artists 2022: Dariya Kanti and Luna De Rosa A cooperation between the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and Villa Romana, Florence Villa Romana is a site of contemporary artistic production and international exchange. Founded in 1905 by artists and patrons, it continues to operate as a non-profit association. Every year,…

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Thoughts after Florence

Last October, I participated in a joint artist residency with a stipend offered by ERIAC and Villa Romana. The scholarship grants the opportunity for young European Roma artists to travel, build networks and broaden their knowledge by educating themselves in Florence, one of Europe’s most ancient and illustrious art centres. Villa Romana is situated on…

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In which the Polish government invites a Romni to the Venice Biennale and the puzzle begins

Art most definitely speaks for itself, but La Biennale di Venezia is not just about art: it is also political, and the political language it speaks is not exactly democratic (in the sense we think of in the 21st century) or grassroots. At La Biennale, nations converse and compete, displaying their developments and achievements, hopes…

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The Word for World Is Forest

I had planned to discuss here the art of emancipation, an original perspective, and the starting point taken by an artist who brings a breath of fresh air. Drawing on the works of Krzysztof Gil, I had intended to analyse his visual strategies, which decolonise canonical art in an original and personal way, exploring elements…

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Practising Archival Alliances: RomaMoMA at Vulnerable Archives

“But don’t worry, coz you won’t rule any more, the future is ours”.[1] Undermining the modernity/coloniality strategy of situating other knowledges and identities in a disempowered past through the act of labelling communities as “traditional” and “primitive” and denying them the right to participate in the present, Mihaela Drăgan, with her performance, Roma Futurism: The…

Text by Elena Quintarelli ›››

The Intersecting Gaps of Unknowing

Starting at the End: Unknowing OFF-Biennale Budapest was about to end in late April, when one of its most prestigious and yet under-recognised artworks, Péli Tamás’s Birth arrived in Budapest, to the Budapest History Museum in the Castle.[1] Shortly after closing the Mara Oláh exhibition[2] at the Glove Factory Community House (Kesztyűgyár Közösségi Ház), I…

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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…

Text by Eszter György ›››

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…

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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…

Text by Wojciech Szymański ›››

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…

Text by Monika Weychert ›››

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…

Text by Daniel Baker ›››

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:…

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Art and Memory – and the Future

Alfred Ullrich’s pictures are irritating. Is this abstract art, or are they floral patterns, wallpapers, curtains? What is this? Moreover, what does this have to do with the culture of the Roma, to which the exhibition Art and Healing at the Schafhof European Centre for Art Upper Bavaria is dedicated, and in which, among others,…

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Yesterday Can Tell Us a Lot About Tomorrow

The 2014 exhibition, Tajsa, which I curated together with Katarzyna Roj, presented me with a great challenge. Up to that point, I had been putting on humble independent shows in places that did not have the status of a public institution. In my world, everything happened in real time: there was no long-term project schedule,…

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Reinventing the Romani wheel: a visual essay on the history of Rom*nja under socialist rule

Blue on the top, green on the bottom, a red star in the centre. At first glance, the poster for the exhibition, Manuš heißt Mensch – Manuš means human, seems to aim for a clear connection to the Romani flag, and therefore a perspective on Romani activism and politics. On closer examination, however, the question…

Text by Samuel Mago ›››

RomaMoMa – The Digital Roma Museum

The exhibition Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe, on view at Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria until 26 September, featured the nomadic RomaMoMA Library and works by Valérie Leray (F), Selma Selman (BIH), Dan Turner (UK), and Alfred Ullrich (D). Following our post on the RomaMoMA Library display at Schafhof and…

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ADJACENT : RomaMoMA Nomadic Library display at Vulnerable Archives, SAVVY Contemporary

The ADJACENT design concept marries the barcode of a book from the RomaMoMA Nomadic Library with a functional object. In this case, ADJACENT is a white mobile table painted with black lines to form the barcode of We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art. The concept title refers not only to the parallel lines…

Text by Daniel Baker ›››

Thinking and Building through Roma Positionality

Even as I sit to write this short piece, I seek to find my voice through writing. For me, as a Romani woman, writing has become one of those forms that have allowed me to tell the history of anti-Roma Europe: the unspoken history. The embedded European racial terror against Roma and other racialised people…

Text by Sebijan Fejzula ›››

A Museum of Connections

In my consideration for RomaMoMA, I have chosen an entire exhibition, Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe, currently on view at Schafhof: the European Center for Art Upper Bavaria. To choose a singular artwork would not fairly represent the wide range of works homogenised by the term ‘Roma Art’. This exhibition is…

Text by Dan Turner ›››

Owning the Game: Intersectional Self-Representation in the Roma LGBTQ+ Communities

Introduction Representation matters. The great majority of those who will not feel the weight of this are those who do not suffer its absence. It is truly difficult to explain this type of absence to those who see themselves everywhere – in magazine columns, on the TV, and even in exhibition spaces. Nor is it…

Text by Joci Márton ›››

Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe

The exhibition Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe opened in Schafhof – European Center for Art Upper Bavaria on 24 July. The exhibition features works by Valérie Leray (F), Selma Selman (BIH), Dan Turner (UK), Alfred Ullrich (D), and the nomadic RomaMoMA Library, consisting of approximately 100 English-language books focusing on Roma Art History and…

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RomaMoMA Nomadic Library as A Roma Contribution for Europe

The RomaMoMA Nomadic Library, initiated on the 50th anniversary of the First World Roma Congress, on International Roma Day, 8 April 2021, is currently on view at Schafhof: the European Center for Art Upper Bavaria, within the framework of the exhibition, Art and Healing – A Roma Contribution for Europe. Alongside the RomaMoMA Library, featured artists…

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My feminism does not shout, but it tells stories: Małgorzata Mirga-Tas and Edis Galushi in conversation with Joanna Warsza

The third edition of the Autostrada Biennale launched 17 July in Kosovo. Extending between the cities of Prishtina, Prizren and Peja, What if a Journey… was curated by the Berlin-based curators Övül Durmusoglu and Joanna Warsza, and features Romani artist Małgorzata Mirga-Tas’s work, HERSTORIES. For the installation, supported by ERIAC, Mirga-Tas worked with Romani artist…

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NO INNOCENT LANDSCAPE – VALÉRIE LERAY

This week we feature the solo exhibition of Valérie Leray, No Innocent Landscape, currently on view at the ERIAC Gallery Space in Berlin, opened on 2 August as part of the commemorations of the Roma Holocaust. On view 2 August – 29 October 2021. No Innocent Landscape Valérie Leray’s landscapes are marked by abandoned, neglected, contested or…

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A Roma Future through a Process of Decoloniality

Helios F. Garcés, in his brilliant analysis published in Spanish in 2016, “El racismo antirom/antigitano y la opción decolonial”, which translates as “Anti-Roma/anti-Gypsy racism and the decolonial choice”, situates anti-Roma racism through a decolonial perspective at the very foundation on which modernity is built. The severe processes of racialisation have historically and materially displaced Roma…

Text by Marina Gržinić ›››

RomaMoMA: An Opportunity for Differencing the Museum Canons

It is a great privilege to have been approached to share my thoughts on the RomaMoMA blog.[1] Nevertheless, my initial reaction was very personal and hesitant. I had to ask myself: who am I to be given this great opportunity to suggest, propose, advise, or simply share my personal scepticism, discomfort, and disenchantment about the…

Text by Suzana Milevska ›››

THE RESTITUTION OF ROMANI ARTWORKS AND ARTEFACTS PANEL DISCUSSION – TRANSCRIPT Part II

Two weeks ago, we posted the video documentation of the Restitution panel discussion within the online conference, Critical Approaches to Romani Studies, organised by the Romani Studies Program at Central European University (CEU), in partnership with ERIAC and OFF-Biennale Budapest, 31 May 2021. Last week, we posted Part 1 of the transcript. Today we post…

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THE RESTITUTION OF ROMANI ARTWORKS AND ARTEFACTS PANEL DISCUSSION – TRANSCRIPT Part I

Last week we posted the video documentation of the Restitution panel discussion within the online conference, Critical Approaches to Romani Studies, organised by the Romani Studies Program at Central European University (CEU), in partnership with ERIAC and OFF-Biennale Budapest, 31 May 2021. Today we post Part 1 of the transcript. The panel was introduced by…

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THE RESTITUTION OF ROMANI ARTWORKS AND ARTEFACTS

Panel discussion within the online conference, Critical Approaches to Romani Studies, organised by the Romani Studies Program at Central European University (CEU), in partnership with ERIAC and OFF Biennale Budapest, 31 May 2021.  Recent struggles for racial justice and decolonisation have forced cultural institutions, museums, and galleries all over the world to critically reflect upon their…

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Reframing Restitution: The Case for a Roma MetaMuseum

The evolving concept of a Roma Museum has a crucial role to play in reclaiming access to our cultural histories, but questions remain regarding its future form. Possibilities range from a mobile museum to a dedicated building, but while debate continues, perhaps a more oblique take on the subject—a Roma MetaMuseum—might move us closer toward…

Text by Daniel Baker ›››

RomaMoMA: a Roma Transnational Museum – Challenges and Issues

I have been asked to offer my opinion regarding the concept of RomaMoMA, an institution putting on display contemporary art. Mine is an opinion that comes from a seasoned non-Roma observer of contemporary Roma art scene, a Poland-based critic and curator. The emergence of an establishment like this poses a number of questions, the first…

Text by Monika Weychert ›››

Roma Resistance and Resilience

This week, we feature the Roma Resistance and Resilience exhibition, currently on view at ERIAC Art Space Berlin, with another version of the show on view at the newly opened ERIAC Serbia in Belgrade. We can only comprehend the 600 years of resilience and survival of the Roma minority in Europe if we recognise the…

Video by Kornél Szilágyi ›››

The Art of Resistance – Resistance through Art

RESIST![1] illuminates 500 years of anti-colonial resistance in the Global South, shining a light on colonial oppression and its effects up to the present day. The exhibition pays homage to all the women, men and children who have resisted in multifaceted ways and whose stories remain mostly untold or unheard. Numerous works by contemporary artists…

Text by Tímea Junghaus, introduction via Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cologne ›››

The Historical Approach of Tamás Péli’s Panel Painting, entitled Birth

The First National Exhibition of Self-Taught Artists in Hungary was already organised by Ágnes Daróczi in 1979, in order to bring into the limelight talented Roma artists; yet, the third such display, in 2000, continued to be held in the Museum of Ethnography (Budapest), rather than an institute of contemporary art, as if the exhibits were manifestations…

Text by Emese Révész, introduction by Anna Lujza Szász ›››

Spark, burn every moment – reflections on a legend

The works of Mara Oláh (1945-2020), internationally acclaimed contemporary Hungarian Roma painter of outstanding talent, are presented at the current edition of OFF-Biennale Budapest, within the framework of the RomaMoMA programme. The selection on view forms the basis of a small, yet clamorous (!) event series. Omara (her artist name, or nom de guerre(!)) was…

Text by Kata E. Fris, introduction by Andrea Pócsik ›››

Daniel Baker: Emergency Artefact #1 (2016)

The third edition of OFF-Biennale Budapest, INHALE!, takes the seminal political poem “A Breath of Air!”  (1935) by 20th-century Hungarian poet Attila József as its starting point. The research and online exhibition project, Order and Dreams, a cooperation between OFF-Biennale and the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives, presents the political and social context of the…

Text by Katalin Székely ›››

Norbert Oláh: The Anxieties of the ‘Roma Artist’

The following text accompanies Norbert Oláh’s installation during OFF-Biennale Budapest (on view 23 April – 30 May) in front of the former building of the Roma Parliament. The bricks of his wall have clearly legible words on them, representing concepts and perceptions that are ingrained and instilled into us. These comprise the wall of anxiety….

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The Whip and the Mask

A Spanish Roma at the front of the stage In many Romani theatrical experiences, there is an unconscious desire to get out of Modernity, out of that public space that forces you to choose a competitive representation of an identity. Of any identity. It is lived, or wants to be lived, as a betrayal of…

Text by Miguel Ángel Vargas ›››

RomaMoMA at OFF-Biennale Budapest

The 3rd edition of OFF-Biennale opens Friday, 23 April 2021. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this edition will take a hybrid format, with the opening streamed online, 8pm CET. For up-to-date information on all programmes throughout the third edition, 23 April to 30 May 2021, please see: https://offbiennale.hu/en/2021 Here, the OFF-Biennale team offers an outline of…

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Announcement of Artist Residency Winners 2021 in Villa Romana, Florence

International Guest Artists 2021: L’uboš Kotlar and Norbert Oláh A cooperation between the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and Villa Romana, Florence Villa Romana is a site of contemporary artistic production and of international exchange. Founded in 1905 by artists and patrons, it continues to operate as a non-profit association. Every year,…

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RomaMoMA Nomadic Library

On this 50th anniversary of the First World Roma Congress, on International Roma Day, 8 April, we present a large-scale, on-going project, which is becoming a centrepiece of RomaMoMA, in various locations where we will have a presence. If you and your institution have an interest in providing a location and/or occasion for the RomaMoMA…

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FAMILY ARCHIVES exhibition

This week, we feature the Family Archives exhibition, currently on view at ERIAC Art Space Berlin, adapted from the exhibition originally curated within Diaspora Europe at the Volksbühne Berlin in December 2020. The Family Archives exhibition is a subjective counterpoint to research into the public and institutional archives. This research is carried out with the participation of European…

Video by Kornél Szilágyi ›››

Claiming the Past by Occupying Contemporary Spaces and Minds

Long gone are the times When Roma wandered around, But I still see them. They are like running water Always running away […] (Papusza: Water that always wanders)[1]  I think I became a feminist the moment I started to defend my mother and aunts from the violence they suffered. I have learned that I am…

Text by Nicoleta Bitu ›››

GUIDED TOUR of FUTUROMA exhibition with CURATOR DANIEL BAKER

This week, we are excited to share an unreleased video tour through the FUTUROMA exhibition with curator Daniel Baker, in person! The group exhibition FUTUROMA, curated by Daniel Baker and commissioned by ERIAC, was a collateral event of the 58th International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2019. The exhibition then travelled to Florence,…

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ROMANISTAN MONOLOGUES

RomaMoMA shares a radical, visionary and subversive project this week: the Romanistan Monologues! ERIAC has made video interviews with Roma arts professionals and experts since last July, in an open and free discussion on the idea of Romanistan. This creative adventure is built on a discourse with numerous European Roma intellectuals, public figures, politicians, artists, citizens and youth,…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

Alliances and Solidarities: On the Evolution and Reception of my Naked Life Performance Series (2004-16)

Taking as its point of departure research from the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s reports on violent deportations of Roma from the European Union, my project, Naked Life (2004-16) addresses the fate of Balkan, German, Scandinavian, Scottish, Irish and British Roma, Sinti, Gypsy and Traveller populations. In this framework, I produced a number of multimedia…

Text by Tanja Ostojić ›››

What challenges do you see, if any, with the concept of a Roma Museum as a whole?

…and the RomaMoMA interviews conclude (for now)! (Part 5 of 5) All good things must come to an end: this week we present the final portion of the RomaMoMA interviews What challenges do you see, if any, with the concept of a Roma Museum as a whole? One participant feels that it is a great…

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We think… Recollections on Prefigurativity, Translocality, Trust, and a Museum of Roma Contemporary Art

The curatorial team of OFF-Biennale Budapest expands upon the notion of “RomaMoMA” as a platform to discuss, to imagine, and to “perform” a Transnational Museum of Roma Contemporary Art through discursive events, contemporary art projects, publications, and mediation. To challenge the notion of the museum and to engage the public in questions about cultural heritage…

Text by Eszter Lázár, Hajnalka Somogyi, Katalin Székely ›››

How would you present the complexity of Sinti and Roma art and culture to make it easily understandable to a broad international audience?

The RomaMoMA interviews are back! (Part 4 of 5) This time, we have a more “practical” question regarding the actual implementation of a physical Roma museum: How would you present the complexity of Sinti and Roma art and culture to make it easily understandable to a broad international audience? Given the huge responsibility the museum…

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Critical Reflection on the RomaMoMA Initiative

This critical reflection comprises a subjective questioning and mind-mapping woven into the analysis of the Sostar Collective’s video, entitled Rewritable Pictures, in which the author attempts to translate the issues raised by critical contemporary art into thinking about the institutional possibilities of a future imagined Roma museum. The following text is a succinct reflection of…

Text by Krisztina Varga ›››

WHAT CONCRETE STEPS AND/OR OBSTACLES DO YOU ENVISION IN PREPARING A ROMA MUSEUM?

The RomaMoMA interview series continues! (Part 3 of 5) What concrete steps and/or obstacles do you envision in preparing a Roma Museum? What exactly is required in order to create a respectful Roma museum? It is no secret that creating a Roma museum is a great challenge, as it refers to an ethnic group rather…

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Achille Mbembe: The Global Present

This video was first published on post, The Museum of Modern Art’s online resource devoted to art and the history of modernism in a global context. This presentation was part of The Multiplication of Perspectives, which took place in April 2019 at The Museum of Modern Art, and brought together scholars, artists, and curators from around…

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What role shall a Roma Museum have within the landscape of European cultural institutions?

Our interview series continues! (Part 2 of 5) For our RomaMoMA blog, this time we asked Roma and non-Roma artists and arts professionals to reflect upon the following question: What role should a Roma Museum have within the landscape of European cultural institutions? One respondent summed up the museum’s role using three keywords: support, space…

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The Body as Archive, Archiving One’s Self

Meghan Forbes considers the work of RomaMoMA as related to memory production and preservation, through the process of recording, archiving and exhibiting. This essay emphasises the relevance of the new museum as a model for an anti-racist, decolonial museum practice so needed in our contemporary moment. She also considers the work of one artist who…

Text by Meghan Forbes ›››

How do you imagine a Roma museum? What shall a Roma museum collect and exhibit?

For our RomaMoMA blog, we asked Roma and non-Roma artists and arts professionals to answer a simple but complex question: How do you imagine a Roma Museum? What should a Roma Museum collect and exhibit? While the responses are quite diverse, there is a conjunction of similar problematics and visions. In one case, the importance…

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

If Europe’s over fifteen thousand museums are truly “democratising, inclusive and polyphonic spaces for critical dialogue”, there is absolutely no need for culturally and ethnically specific museums. However, museums tend to assign Roma the place of the other, thereby reinforcing and eternalising the position of the Romani people and Roma artistic practice to the periphery…

Text by Zsófia Bihari and Katalin Németh ›››

Andaro Angluno Vast | First-Hand

The exhibition Andaro Angluno Vast by photographer Nihad Nino Pušija opened at ERIAC Space in the framework of EMOP on 25 September 2020, and is part of the Roma Components of the German Council of Europe Presidency during 2020. The exhibition opening was enriched with a speech by art historian Bojana Pejić. Due to new…

Video by Kornél Szilágyi ›››

RomaMoMA Just Do It! B.A.M.N – An Idea for A New Museum

RomaMoMA Just Do It! B.A.M.N (By Any Means Necessary) – An Idea for A New Museum, a blank piece of paper? a constellation of ideas? reactivating a concealed memory? The image accompanying this text is a rough set of drawings, ideas for a motif, maybe a layout for a building which I was thinking of…

Text by Delaine Le Bas ›››

Lecture: Prof. Dr. Gayatri Spivak on Affirmative Sabotage

On 26 February 2018, in the framework of ERIAC’s first “International Cultural Outreach Program”, Prof. Dr. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak of Columbia University gave a lecture together with Roma feminist scholars. In this panel discussion organised in ERIAC’s office and art space in Berlin, outstanding Roma activists discussed the transformative potential of transnational alliances and the…

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Barvalo: Designing an Exhibition on and with Roma Communities in a French National Museum

In 2023, Barvalo[1] will be held at the Museum of Civilisations of Europe and the Mediterranean (Mucem), in Marseille, in the south of France. This exhibition, focused on Romani cultures and professions, is designed in collaboration with Rom, Sinti, Gitano, Manouche and French Traveller representatives from France and across Europe. Through inviting Romani individuals to…

Text by Julia Ferloni ›››

Argument for a Roma Transnational Museum

RomaMoMA, the aspiring project of imagining a Roma transnational museum, is not merely a theoretical exercise. A Roma transnational museum has been a central desire of the Roma movement since the 1960s. RomaMoMA is the natural evolution towards what is yet to come. This transnational European Museum is inevitable in Europe. The vision for RomaMoMA…

Text by Timea Junghaus ›››

MODEST COPERNICAN REVOLUTIONS

Imagine a presentation of Rosa Taikon’s silver jewellery at Hälsinglands Museum in Hudiksvall, a solo exhibition with Malgorzata Mirga Tas’s textile paintings at the Galerie für zeitgenössische Kunst in Leipzig, and a show with Robert Gabris’s drawings at Salonul de Proiecte in Bucharest. Then there is a retrospective of Ceija Stojka and her Holocaust memory…

Text by Maria Lind ›››

Oto Hudec and Emília Rigová: a dialogue

This conversation between visual artists Oto Hudec and Emília Rigová took place in November 2017 as a part of the Nadikhuno Muzeumos / Invisible Museum exhibition project at Tranzit.sk. It addresses the absence of Roma representation in arts and culture spaces and challenges the idea of the traditional ethnographic role of museums, where “othering” through…

Text by Oto Hudec and Emília Rigová ›››

SOME THOUGHTS ON THE MUSEUM OF ROMA CONTEMPORARY ART

This text makes an argument for the utmost urgency to mark out and define new spaces for the (re)presentation, performance and practice of Roma cultural heritage (both tangible and intangible). The Museum of Roma Contemporary Art would break off the idealised neutrality of national/transnational space and claim rearrangement, as well as access to self-expression and self-representation….

Text by Anna Lujza Szász ›››