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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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"From the inside out": Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Community Development in Wales - Public presentation

March 31, 2015, 6 pm, Gallery8

A presentation by Isaac Blake, director of the Romani Cultural and Arts Company. 

The Cardiff-based Romani Cultural and Arts Company was formed in September 2009 as a not-for-profit company. Working through the arts the company raises funds to grow community development and educational projects from within Gypsy, Roma and Traveller sites and then onto Gorjer and ‘country- folk’ communities across Wales. The company uses arts and culture as a vehicle for change and has a growing interest from a variety of high-profile organisations such as the Arts Council of Wales. The company is intended to overcome the ignorance and mythology relating to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people living in Wales, and to promote a greater sense of self-worth among members of a community who largely internalised the racism that they experience. 


ROMA BODY POLITICS I - No Innocent Picture - exhibition at Gallery8

ROMA BODY POLITICS I - No Innocent Picture - exhibition at Gallery8

 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.  

 


University of Washington & Gallery8 Collaboration

University of Washington & Gallery8 Collaboration

March 25, 2015

Students of the University of Washington's Comparative History of Ideas Program visit the Hungarian Roma Parliament, Gallery8 and KuglerArt Salon and Gallery.


BALOGH/AMARO/LINE - exhibition at Gallery8

BALOGH/AMARO/LINE - exhibition at Gallery8

Feb 08, 2015 - Mar 06, 2015

Tibor Balogh was born in Fehérgyarmat, Hungary in 1975. He is the first Roma artist to have graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.

Testifying to a full mastery of his art, Balogh’s diploma piece – a series of copper etchings– blends his childhood memories with scenes from a different chapter in his life: it shows fragments of the 8th district of the capital, which has the highest percentage of Roma population in the city, and which gave home to Balogh during his University years.  The most significant piece of this series is the Dance of the Old Roma Woman with the Angel, which was featured in several publications. After graduation, his first important appearance was in Műcsarnok’s exhibition, the Hidden Holocaust, in 2004. This was in fact the first occasion that Roma artists in Hungary entered the official sphere of contemporary art. 
Balogh was the graphic artist of the Amaro Drom Roma Magazine from 2007 until the closing down of the Amaro Drom Paper in 2010. In 2010 his billboard design entitled Hungipsy received 1st Prize at the Arc Poster Contest.
In April, 2013, after several years of working in remote isolation from the public, Tibor Balogh exhibited his large colourful canvasses for the International Roma Day. His paintings carry the same virtuosity that his graphics radiate, and at the same time suggest that the true visions of the artist unfold in the colourful and visionary ambience of oil painting. His canvasses combine elements of his personal memories, photo details, portraits and depictions of Roma figures with his naturalistic observations of the rural and urban environment. The exhibition entitledBalogh/Amaro/Line presents these secretly created and hidden paintings, together with the most outstanding graphics designed by the artist for the cover of Amaro Drom Magazine.



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