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The Memory of the Roma Holocaust - commemoration-exhibition at Gallery8

The Memory of the Roma Holocaust - commemoration-exhibition at Gallery8

August 2, 2015 - October 2, 2015

"In the frame of the commemoration-exhibition, we will have a 35 minutes performance based on the texts of Erdős Virág, arts of Zuzana Hrušková, and music of Grant Livesay which are in dialogue with each other. This will be presented through the interpretation of Dégi János and Kóczé Angéla. 
On this day we would like to commemorate differently, to pay tribute to those murdered and survived death camps and the Nazi persecution as well as condolence their relatives. The Pharrajimos, on one hand is describing a specific historical event: extermination of Roma by the Nazi and their collaborators in the II World War. On the other hand, the meaning of Pharrajimos -"devouring" or "destruction"- can be conceptualized as a denotation of all kinds of sufferings.
The poems about our everyday: our decisions, fears, disappointments, timidity, lies, and jealousies. It is about everything which surround us in these days. The 13 poems create a synergy and transmit a strange feeling. On the one hand why so many people feel the power of "devouring" or "destruction", on the other hand why so many people feel that they need to leave or in fact, why they could not leave from Hungary. 
The Pharrajimos not just about them: it is from us." (excerpt from the curatorial statement)

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Whose Nation? Reimagined National Identities - exhibition at Gallery8

Whose Nation? Reimagined National Identities - exhibition at Gallery8

 June 24, 2015 - July 30, 2015

In order to be included in spaces of national self-representation, minority artists do not need to relinquish their diaspora identities. Starting out from this thesis, the exhibition addresses the idea of inclusive national identities, which gained prominence in the scholarly discourses of multiculturalism during the last one and half decades, partly influenced by postcolonial theory. This approach, advanced among others by British political theorist Bhikhu Parekh, calls for rethinking the narratives and symbols of the nation in a way that reflects the contributions of diverse ethnic groups to national histories and cultures. As Parekh writes: “'We' cannot integrate 'them' so long as 'we' remain 'we'; 'we' must be loosened up to create a new common space in which 'they' can be accommodated and become part of a newly reconstituted 'we'.”

Concepts of the nation that alienate minority groups have also been subjected to a critical examination by contemporary art. The exhibition “Whose Nation?” will show a selection of related, preexisting works from Canadian artists, alongside new ones mostly made by Roma contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe.

Participating artists: Tibor Balogh, Scott Benesiinaabandan, Keesic Douglas, Ladislava Gažiová, Greg A. Hill, Delaine Le Bas, Péter Nyári Sárkány, Jenő André Raatzsch, József Szolnoki, Camille Turner.

Curator: Arpad Bak


ROMA BODY POLITICS: Collaborative Exhibition for the establishment of the European Roma Institute

ROMA BODY POLITICS: Collaborative Exhibition for the establishment of the European Roma Institute

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Council of Europe, Strasbourg

 


ROMA BODY POLITICS III - Delaine LeBas: Say No To Identity Theft - exhibition at Gallery8

ROMA BODY POLITICS III - Delaine LeBas: Say No To Identity Theft - exhibition at Gallery8

May 13, 2015 - June 19, 2015

Say No To Identity Theft is an ongoing artistic investigation and intervention by distinguished Roma contemporary artist, Delaine LeBas into what it means to be a female artist who is Roma in the 21st Century.

Delaine Le Bas is an English Romani Gypsy who was born in 1965. She works and lives in various locations within the U.K and across Europe.Delaine's works are cross practice including mixed media installations, drawing, performance, film, photography and sculpture. They deal with issues of exclusion, identity, stereotypes, untold histories, mis-representation, gender, of being the 'other'. As a Romani Gypsy she works with ideas of the body as a stolen artefact and a contested space itself.

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ROMA BODY POLITICS II - Archive of Desires - exhibition at Gallery8

ROMA BODY POLITICS II - Archive of Desires - exhibition at Gallery8

Apr 08, 2015 - May 09, 2015

Researching the photo archives of the Roma collections in Hungarian public collections we find an outrageous number of Roma pictures either fulfill the quite ill–natured desires of the collectors or are simply improper and offensive. We process these problematic photos with the participation of Roma and non-Roma contemporary artists.  
After this deconstruction of the „great historical archive” we will comprehend the artworks with the research into the family archives of the new generation of Hungarian Roma activism in the frame of a unique community project focusing on the specificities of subjective archives.  We will present the works of the contemporary artists, together with the family collections. The disrupted and transgressed majority images together with the images of personal history will form our Roma „Archive of Desires”.
Artists: Imre Bukta, Tamara Moyzes, Csaba Nemes, Selma Selman.



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