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Sead Kazanxhiu, Selma Selman:


Uniting Peripheries


Opening: November 8, 2018. 18:30



ERIAC´s new exhibition ‘Gypsyism Balkanism- Uniting peripheries’ presenting the inspiring works of Sead Kazanxhiu and Selma Selman was opened by Berlin-based performance artist Tanja Ostojić (“Integration Project” – Kunstverein Düsseldorf 2003)

(c) Benjamin Renter

The opening was attended by the participants of the Western Balkans Forum 4 and included a curatorial guided tour with artist Sead Kazanxhiu. ERIAC took the opportunity to present its Cultural Institutions Network Initiative that takes place in in several countries of the region.

(c) Benjamin Renter

(c) Benjamin Renter
The evening was accompanied by the beautiful music of Janko Lauenberger and Daniel Weltlinger.

(c) Benjamin Renter

Gypsyism Balkanism- Uniting peripheries


The same degree and intensity of generalization, reductionism and stereotyping applies to the imagining of the Balkans as for the imagining the Roma. As the Bulgarian historian, Maria Todorova explained in her foundational text on Imagining the Balkans, in 1997: “By the beginning of the twentieth century, Europe had added to its repertoire of Schimpfwörter, or disparagements, a new one that, although recently coined, turned out to be more persistent over time than others with centuries-old tradition. “Balkanization” not only had come to denote the parcelization of large and viable political units but also had become a synonym for a reversion to the tribal, the backward, the primitive, the barbarian.”

(c) Benjamin Renter
Both the Roma and the Balkans have been described as the “other” of Europe. It is in the field of the visual where the epistemic and physical violence is the most obvious. The current exhibition in the ERIAC space by contemporary artists Sead Kazanxhiu and Selma Selman explores the conjunction of oppressive visual regimes of Gypsyism and Balkanism. The artists presented do not care to conform to the standards of behavior devised as normative by and for the “civilized world”, they choose artistic strategies which directly and consciously subvert the objectification, feminization and sexualization of the Balkan and Roma identities.

(c) Benjamin Renter
The artworks on view engage the audience in contemplation: If these oppressive categories naturally collide, is it possible to form a transformative cultural and political front uniting these peripheries?


The exhibition is curated by Timea Junghaus and Zsofia Bihari and is on display at the ERIAC premises until 31 January 2019.

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