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Adèle Eisenstein is an Independent curator, writer, arts administrator originally from NY, who emigrated to Budapest in 1990. She completed studies at the University of Rochester, University of Paris – Sorbonne, New School – Parsons School of Design, and School of Visual Arts. In Budapest, she worked for the Balázs Béla Studio and Toldi Cinema; and then at the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts – Budapest; C3: Center for Culture & Communication (1995-2005). She was founding editor of the Central European contemporary art journal: Praesens (2002-05); and then served on the editorial board at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (2005-07). She has curated numerous shows, including the large-scale group show, donumenta 2010 – Hungary: Liberation Formula, throughout the city of Regensburg (D); led the Art-in-Fusion project, of foreign artists living and working in Hungary (2012-14); and curated Out of the Museum and into the Street, at Pavelhaus for the Austrian Steirischer Herbst 2013. Back in NY, she has worked with Alma on Dobbin and Queensborough Community College Art Gallery in 2014 as researcher, registrar and curatorial assistant on a retrospective exhibition and catalogue, and transformation of part of a private collection into a public one. She commissioned and curated the site-specific project Traces and Tides of the Seaport, featuring the work of Portuguese artist Filipe Cortez, as part of the Out to See Festival in the South Street Seaport in 2016. She recently worked with Earth Celebrations on their grand-scale Ecological City project in Lower Manhattan (2016-18), and in 2018 was Program Director & Curator at NARS: New York Art Residency & Studios Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. She is currently Editor of the RomaMoMA project digital blog of ERIAC: European Roma Institute of Arts and Culture in Berlin. Eisenstein has written, translated and edited numerous books and catalogues, and hundreds of articles. She is a former Chair and Board member of Amnesty International Hungary. She is also a Founding Board member of the NYC Real Estate Investment Cooperative, working to secure permanently affordable commercial space for and with local communities in the five boroughs.
Project coordinator of the initiative “RomaMoMA – The Digital Roma Museum” in the time period August 2020 – March 2021. Sofia grew up near Genoa, Italy, and moved to Berlin in 2013 for the BA programme in Cultural History and Theory at Humboldt University, spending one semester at Erasmus University in Rotterdam. She completed her MA in Cultural Education and Cultural Management at the Hochschule Niederrhein in 2020, with her MA thesis on the importance of decolonising (western) art history and the institution of the “museum”. She started working at ERIAC in 2018, first as an Italian translator on FUTUROMA, the Roma Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2019, then as a project coordinator.
Junghaus is an art historian and contemporary art curator. She started in the position of Executive Director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture in September 2017. Previously, Junghaus was Research Fellow of the Working Group for Critical Theories at the Institute for Art History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2010-2017). She has researched and published extensively on the conjunctions of modern and contemporary art with critical theory, with particular reference to issues of cultural difference, colonialism, and minority representation. She is completing her Ph.D. studies in Cultural Theory at the Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest. In recognition of her curatorial activities, Junghaus received the Kairos – European Cultural Price from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S., in 2008. Her curatorial works include the Roma component of the Hidden Holocaust- exhibition in the Budapest Kunsthalle (2004), Paradise Lost – the First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Contemporary Art Biennale (2007), the Archive and Scholarly Conference on Roma Hiphop (2010), The Romani Elders and the Public Intervention for the Unfinished Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered Under the National Socialist Regime in the frame of the 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), the (Re-)Conceptualizing Roma Resistance – exhibition and education program in Hellerau, Dresden (2015) and the Goethe Institute, Prague (2016). She is the curator of the Visual Arts Section for RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma, funded by Kulturstiftung des Bundes (2015-2018). Junghaus was the founding director of Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space (www.gallery8.org) in Budapest (2013-2017), the winner of the 2014 Catalyst Contemporary Art Award (of Tranzit Hungary) and the 2014 Otto Pankok Prize awarded by the For Roma Foundation of German writer and Literary Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass.
Members of the RomaMoMA Think Tank
Kader Attia (artist and scholar), Ethel Brooks (Professor at Rutgers University, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies), Rashida Bumbray (curator, Director of Culture and Art Program of the Open Society Foundations), Julia Ferloni (Curator, MUCEM, Marseille), Robert Gabris (contemporary artist), Ian Hancock (Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, Department of Linguistics), Jana Horváthová (Director, Museum of Romani Culture-Brno), Tímea Junghaus (art historian, curator, Executive Director of ERIAC), Angela Kocze (Director of Romani Studies Program, Central European University), Delaine Le Bas (artist), Maria Lind (curator, writer, educator, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow), Vera Marusic (Curator, Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum in Köln), Achille Mbembe (Professor at University of Wits Witwatersrand, Institute for Social and Economic Research), André Jenő Raatzsch (artist, Documentation and Cultural Centre for German Sinti and Roma, Heidelberg/RomArchive project), Emilia Rigova (artist, head of Roma Arts and Culture Department at University of Matej Bel, Slovakia, Banská Bystrica), Selma Selman (contemporary artist), Nanette Snoep (Director, Rautenstrauch-JoestMuseum in Köln), Denisa Tomkova (art historian, scholar, curator)
- Visual identity: Zsigmond Bernáthy, LIW Digital Agency and David Muresan
- Video editing: Jozsef Halmen, Kornél Szilágyi and Ana Stanic
- “Roma Cultural History Initiative” project coordinator until December 2020: Ágota Szilágyi-Kispista
- Special thanks to: Natali Tomenko, Andrea Petrus and Zsófia Bihari
RomaMoMA – The Digital Roma Museum was launched in the framework of ERIAC’s Roma Cultural History Initiative financed by the German Federal Foreign Office (FFO).