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International Cultural Outreach Program 2022
This is an ERIAC initiative to build on the results of the international Outreach projects 1-5, to strengthen the existing digital and physical infrastructures, collaborations and communication with the aim of enforcing ERIAC’s role as a referential source for Roma identity and cultural discourses.
ROMANI LANGUAGE INTITIATIVE
The long-term goal of ERIAC through the Romani Language Initiative is to become the language and education center for the transnational Romani movement and the community.
The initiative contains efforts towards an international Romani language reform, and continues the international work on the standardization of Romani language.
As part of the Romani Language Initiative in 2022 ERIAC is publishing the revised and corrected version of Romani Language Textbook for Adults – level A1 complemented with audio material, and while engaging a team of experts of the field, develops and publishes the Romani textbook level A2.
Both textbooks were written in accordance with the principles of the Curriculum Framework for Romani, developed by the Council of Europe’s Language Policy Division in 2008, which is based on the common reference levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The textbooks thus align itselfs with the wider policies that shape the Council of Europe’s work on language education.
The language education experts of the University of Graz and the Goethe Institute have also contributed to the improvement of Romani Čhib A1 for adults.
BARVALIPE ROMA ONLINE UNIVERSITY
Barvalipe Roma Online University is an online educational platform where Roma and non-Roma can access knowledge about the Roma identity(ies), history(ies) and culture(s) thorough a collection of high-quality lectures delivered by leading Roma scholars on topics ranging from the Roma Holocaust to Roma cultural productions. The courses launched throughout 2020 and 2021 consist of a total of 30 lectures delivered by renowned Roma scholars. Together with the Digital Library of Critical Romani Scholarship and the So Nakhlo blog, they comprise a complete curriculum of Roma Cultural History that proposes a canon and acts as a reference for Roma cultural history.
Within the 2022 International Cultural Outreach program, ERIAC focused on the production of educational videos in a conversational tone, that are easier to digest for larger audiences. The idea of the Barvalipe Masterclass was born from the desire for a more appealing presentation and higher-quality production.
To complement the Barvalipe Roma Online University, ERIAC continued expanding the Digital Library of Critical Romani Scholarship, a comprehensive resource featuring a curated selection of Roma scholarship.
The Digital Roma Museum, RomaMoMa is a platform to envision and discuss the possible forms of a Roma museum of modern and contemporary art that will expand in time and space through a series of exhibitions, discussions, and art projects. It invites Roma and non-Roma artists, cultural experts, scholars and civil society to imagine an institution which will hopefully soon be realized as a cutting-edge agent of the contemporary arts and culture scene.
In 2022 through RomaMoMA ERIAC will be present with our own exhibitions at such prestigious events as La Biennale di Venezia – 59th International Art Exhibition, the 23rd Milan Triennale and Manifesta 14 in Prishtina
Eugen Raportoru: The Abduction from the Seraglio & Roma Women: Performative Strategies of Resistance, an official collateral event at the 59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Ilina Schileru and commissioned by ERIAC. In the long history of La Biennale, this is only the fourth occasion when a presence of Roma art is ensured, and the second time when ERIAC is commissioner of the collateral Roma event. This solo show of an artist of Roma origin, presented in collaboration with a group of Roma artists and intellectuals comprehending the exhibition with performances, actions, feminist and scholarly interventions, represents a new milestone in European art history and an achievement of the vibrant European Roma cultural movement.
ERIAC EXHIBITIONS BELGRADE & BERLIN
As a result of the previous four outreach projects financed by the Federal Foreign Office, ERIAC has opened its first branch in Belgrade, Serbia. The objective of opening new ERIAC branches is to extend – through the respect of the ERIAC founding principles – the single and unique mandate of ERIAC to the branch country and its region, and to make a significant impact on the cultural recognition of Roma. The currently existing two ERIAC offices in Berlin and Belgrade not only function as a workplace, but as physical spaces of Roma contemporary art.
August 2nd – Belgrade: All the Birds are Praying for our Children
The question of how art continues to exist and function after the experience of the Holocaust is a major theme in both art history and philosophical thought. Each year, August 2nd marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day – a day of official remembrance for Romani victims of the genocide, which took place during the Second World War. ERIAC Serbia joins the #RomaRemember action to commemorate all Roma victims of the Holocaust on Roma Holocaust Memorial Day with an art exhibition. This exhibition of works by Sead Kazanxhiu, Farija Mehmeti, and Zoran Tairović celebrates the Romani people’s resistance, resilience, and healing.
September 8th – Berlin: Manolo Gómez, Ya es Hora – Now is the Time
The exhibition, Ya es hora – Now is the time, presents 18 prints by the Andalusian Gitano contemporary artist, Manolo Gómez (Spain, 1967). The black and white abstract works are a continuation of his experimentation with non-figurative expressions, and a conscious manifestation of a personal political and identity strategy, transforming the substance of Gitano Flamenco into painterly compositions.
The exhibition assembled by Manolo Gómez and Moritz Pankok (Kai Dikhas Foundation) reflects relevant, timely and political questions for today’s audience, addressing how to fight and create artistic strategies to counter racism, (neo)fascism, and social injustice.
ERIAC is a membership-based organization, bringing together Roma and non-Roma individuals and organizations, with relevant and demonstrated competencies and experience in the field of arts and culture and who are committed to ERIAC’s values. ERIAC’s associate members are organized in four thematic sections:
– Arts and Culture
– History and Commemoration
– Research and Publication in the fields of arts and culture
– Media and Information in the fields of arts and culture
– Romani language (a transversal section at ERIAC).
ERIAC initiates this project component to mobilize membership to long-term engagement and contribution, towards the development of a new culture of alliance and contribution. ERIAC membership is a source of legitimacy and strength, and a resource of networks, connections, knowledge and capital.