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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


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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.


"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. 



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