Daniel Baker: 100 thousand blows - exhibition at Gallery8
Opening: November 11, 2015, 5 pm
November 11, 2015 - January 8, 2016
“100 thousand blows“ takes as its starting point the increasingly frequent series of violent police raids carried out under “Code-Action 100”; a name for police actions supposedly used for tracking down individuals thought to be escaping justice, or items believed to have been obtained by criminal means or used for carrying out criminal acts. The discriminatory invocation of the code for targeting Roma is the latest in a long tradition of violence against Europe’s largest minority, and continues a culture of state sanctioned racism that often remains unchallenged. Left to its own devices, institutional violence damages not just those currently targeted but also society at large.
The “100 thousand blows“ installation comprises a rug that carries a stylised geographical map of Europe surrounded by a number of wicker carpet beaters; far too many for the job in hand. The artefacts employed in the installation act as intersections between the realms of the domestic, the economic and the political by drawing upon a number of visual and discursive registers, namely; function and ornament, purity and deviance, violence and justice. The rug with its colourful patterning brings to mind the traditional and still popular Roma occupation of carpet trading whilst the appealingly willowy arabesques of the carpet beaters draw upon the fundamental preoccupations of the Roma aesthetic; those of artistry and functionality. But even while we consider the formal qualities of these objects in their close tranquil proximity we are yet drawn inescapably to their intended endgame; the pursuit of purification through violent action; a fictive illusion that continues to erode the very fabric of European society through often tacit but invariably brutal Roma-phobic aggression.
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Gispy Under Erasure - Aspects of Roma/Gipsy/Traveler Life in Europe
Exhibition, The Gerlesborg School of Fine Arts, Sweden
Inspired by Elvira Djangani Ose’s curatorial vision for the GIBCA 2015 proposing the notion of “history, as an open work” Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space (Budapest, Hungary) in collaboration with Gerlesborgsskolan (Gerlesborg, Sweden) curate the exhibition Gipsy Under Erasure. The exhibition uses Under Erasure (Sous rature) – the key terminology of Derrida’s deconstruction as a strategic, philosophical and practical device in order to explore the aspects of Roma life and aesthetics in present-day Europe. The Roma, Europe’s largest minority (of 10-12 million people) are subject to physical attacks, forced evictions, mass deportation, economic exploitation, cultural depreciation and political exclusion.
Artists: Daniel Baker (UK), Tibor Balogh (HU), Lada Gaziova (CZ), Damian Le Bas (UK), Delaine Le Bas (UK), Dushan Marinkovic (SE), Omara (HU), Tamara Moyzes (SK), Sead Kazanxiu (AL) Teréz Orsós (HU)
Curators: Jesper Eng, Timea Junghaus
The exhibition is on view between October 1 and November 1, 2015.
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TRANSMITTING TRAUMA? - Contemporary Reflections on the Memory of the Roma Holocaust
Exhibition and Educational Program
Gallery Kai Dikhas, Berlin
“Transmitting Trauma?” is a collaborative exhibition and arts education initiative between Gallery8 (Budapest) and Gallery Kai Dikhas (Berlin). The exhibition is connected – both physically and symbolically – with the memorial performance “Phagedo Dschi - Zerrissenes Herz - Torn Heart" and the commemoration taking place at the Memorial for Sinti and Roma murdered under National Socialism.
Artists: Selma Selman (BiH), David Weiss (DE), George Vasilescu (RO), Manolo Gómez Romero (ES), André Jenő Raatzsch (DE-HU), Kálmán Várady (DE), Valérie Leray (DE-FR), Erika Lakatos (HU), Tamara Moyzes (CZ), Lada Gaziova (SK), Delaine Le Bas (UK), Omara (HU). Previously unknown works from the Dark Cycle of Holocaust survivor Ceija Stojka (1933 -2013) are presented.
Curator: Tímea Junghaus, Moritz Pankok
The exhibition is on view between August 2 and August 22, 2015.
More information is available at the website of Gallery8 and Kai Dikhas.
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
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