Mar 12, 2015 - Apr 03, 2015
Roma Body Politics is an extensive and intercultural (Roma – non-Roma) exhibition series and educational program aimed at exploring, documenting and making visible the Roma body politics in present-day Europe. The project, which was realized with the help of Roma artists and intellectuals, focuses on the depiction, representation and participation of Roma – and especially Roma women – in the media, art and public life. The exhibition No Innocent Picture is the first event of the program series.
The exhibition presents how the social assignment of Roma Bodies to an underclass is a historical construct that has multiple origins, rooted in the institutions of both slavery and mass media. It theorizes how race is enacted in the moment of the gaze, and how this spectatorial surveillance complicates social relations because of how it is historically and inextricably woven into the European collective consciousness and the European cultural ethos via popular media.
The participants: Rodrigó Balogh, founder and art director of the Independent Theater Hungary; Katalin Bársony, executive director of Romédia Foundation; Mária Bogdán, media researcher, researcher at the Institute for Ethnic and National Minority Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Ágnes Daróczi, researcher of ethnic minorities, civil rights activist; Clara Farkas, producer, Hungarian National Film Fund; Dr. Rita Izsák, special rapporteur on minority issues, United Nations; Tímea Junghaus, art historian, researcher at the Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences; Zeljko Jovanovic, program director, Open Society Foundations, Roma Initiatives Office; Bettina Kállai, music producer; Iulius Rostas, sociologist, PhD, visiting lecturer at Corvinus University.
The exhibition was opened by Camilo Antonio, activist in the poetics and cultural politics of the diaspora, founder of the Urbannomadmixes group.