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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...

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...

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...

International Membership Engagement Initiative

  The INTERNATIONAL MEMBERSHIP ENGAGEMENT INITIATIVE, financed by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany (FFO) is an ERIAC initiative to build on the results of the international outreach projects 1-4, to facilitate and strengthen membership engagement. ERIAC conducts the international cultural outreach programs for the recognition and promotion of Roma arts and culture with the...

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...

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...

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...

ERIAC EXHIBITION: NO INNOCENT LANDSCAPE – VALÉRIE LERAY

NO INNOCENT LANDSCAPE Valérie Leray solo exhibition 02.08 – 29.10.2021   On view in the ERIAC gallery: Location: Reinhardtstraße 41-43, 10117 Berlin Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10-17h Visits are only possible with a previous appointment and a negative test result (not older than 24 hours). Fully vaccinated people can also show proof of vaccination.The last...

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...

WHO WAS ANNA MARIA STEINBACH?

At just ten years of age, Anna Maria Steinbach, known to her friends and family as ‘Setella’, was gassed in Nazi Germany’s Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. While many may be unfamiliar with her name, many will be familiar with her image. Staring out of a wagon, her face full of fear as she was transported to the...