Małgorzata Mirga-Tas (b. 1978 in Zakopane, Poland) creates large-scale, brightly coloured textile collages and paintings. Her first solo exhibition in Germany sees the artist embarking on an artistic dialogue with the Brücke-Museum Collection.
Her works explore historical narratives as well as contemporary experiences faced by the Roma people. The artist often depicts scenes from their everyday lives, breaking with external stereotypes and countering them with a new, self-confident Roma iconography. Community, family, sisterhood and gender relations are core themes in her artistic oeuvre. Its protagonists are often people who are close to the artist: family members, artist friends and other important figures from the Roma community.
The Bergitka-Roma artist grew up in a Roma settlement in Czarna Góra, Poland. Her artistic practice is closely linked to her activism on behalf of the Roma community. For centuries, they have been portrayed through the eyes of non-Roma artists, whose depictions often reproduce unconsidered racist clichés – as in Otto Mueller’s paintings.
In her works, Mirga-Tas refers to these problematic historical images and renegotiates them. Several such artistic responses to the museum’s collection can be found in this exhibition.
Małgorzata Mirga-Tas studied Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. Since then, she has presented her works internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including at the 11th Berlin Biennale (2020), the Europapalast in Strasbourg (2018) and Göteborgs Konsthall (2023). In the last year, she represented Poland at the Venice Biennale and was featured at documenta fifteen. She is currently a scholarship holder of the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme.
Lisa Marei Schmidt, Curator
Melanie Roumiguière, Co-Curator
Magdalena Syen, Assistant Curator
Valentina Bay, Research and curatorial Assistant
Daniela Bystron, Curator of Outreach
Hamze Bytyci, Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, Co-Curators Public Programme
Fee Wüstenberg, curatorial assistant
The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture is proud to contribute to this exhibition as the RomaMoMA Library will accompany the exhibition.
26 June- 3 September 2023,
14195 Berlin, Germany
More info: Brücke-Museum