Family Archives




17 March – 15 May 2021

ERIAC Art Space Berlin


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 Sinti and Roma public figures, intellectuals, artists, citizens and youth, who are willing to share their own family collections and experiences.

The private archives dissolve the differences and connect the experiences between European citizens, unveiling Sinti and Roma diasporic history as a significant contribution to the common understanding of contemporary Europe.

This touching journey comprises childhood memories, precious personal family relics, self-definition statements and photographic material, all intertwined to explore the poetics of belonging, history and past, offering new perspectives for a mutual, polyphonic European future.

To respect the privacy of all participants, the presented people, voices and family relics are displayed in anonymous form.

The exhibition has been curated by ERIAC in the framework of the Roma Components of the German Council of Europe Presidency during 2021.


Please enjoy the virtual exhibition tour and the discussion “The Significance of Roma Subjective Archives” with Alfred Ulrich, contemporary artist, Tayo Onutor, singer, activist and Vera Lackova, filmmaker!




Curators: Sofia Erto, Ráhel Rudolf, Timea Junghaus

Music: Sandro Roy & Jermaine Landsberger Trio feat. Giovanni Weiss

Installation, camera and editing: Kornél Szilágyi


* The exhibition is an adaptation of the original Diaspora Europe: Family Archives exhibition presented at Glaspavillon, Volhsbühne in December 2020.
The image: Illustration from the project © Through my mind to your eyes. Nataliia Tomenko (2019)