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….

Text by Norbert Oláh and OFF-Biennale intro ›››

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…

Text by OFF-Biennale team ›››

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,…

Text by ERIAC ›››

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…

Text by ERIAC ›››

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,…

Video by ERIAC ›››

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…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

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…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

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…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

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…

Video by MoMA ›››

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…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

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…

Video by Jozsef Halmen ›››

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…

Video by Ana Stanic ›››

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 ›››