camilo antonio & ion neculai: the many phases and sights of race
exhibiton at gallery8
june 23, 2016- july 29, 2016
how can a philippine-born man speak so clearly and deeply from within the roma subjectivity? this was the question lingering in the air when we first encountered the poetics of camilo antonio at gallery8, a roma contemporary art space in budapest, in march 2015 at the opening of the roma body politics exhibition. we anticipated a simple speech, but instead, the staff and visitors of gallery8 found themselves in a performance: reciting the beautiful and simultaneously subversive lines of our astonishing guest-poet who taught us how „race” is enacted in the moment of „the gaze” and how spectatorial surveillance complicates social relations that are historically and inextricably woven into the european collective consciousness and cultural ethos.
camilo’s beautiful and sophisticated poetry, with ion neculai’s strikingly apt artwork, inspire our co-activism- our constant going against the grain- that connect us in kinship. we are villagers of the same homeland, the land of outcasts, the out of space, and the „no longer there but not yet here” experience, as he describes it. we are learning to live in and with the myriad of belongings that has become our essence. it is a privilege to bond with him through his verses in disobedient resistance: countering economic hazing, to join his subversive misbehaving that unmasks the institutionalized privileging of class, to smile with him when he exaggerates and twists exoticism into constructive humour, all that, to restore our faith in the community of humanity and the power of simply respecting life with planet earth.
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Learning the History of Roma Survival and Resistance
Exhibiton at Gallery8
May 25, 2016- June 19, 2016
The (re-)exploration of the forgotten and unwritten holocaust history of the Roma proclaims that Roma had the power to resist oppression, take part in different forms of resistance, and thus have the capacity to inhabit a different role than that of the victim. The research reveals new sources to demonstrate how Roma stood out in their conduct as compared to other inmates in the camps, and developed several survival strategies to preserve and maintain human dignity even in the most daunting circumstances. It collects the history of escapes, the uprisings on May 16, 1944 and August 2, 1944; it explores the memory of Roma heroes and the non-Roma supporters of the Roma resistance movement as well as the active and heroic participation of Roma people in the partisan movements around Europe under the National Socialist regime. In this process of re-learning Roma resistance emerges as an inspiring model for Roma knowledge, agency and consciousness... In this immersive rewriting of Roma history, “the history of resistance replaces a history of oppression”.
The irregular exhibition of Gallery8 attempts to (re)learn the Roma Holocaust and the Roma Resistance by archive documents, survivor testimonies and documents connected to the history of the roma resistance.
On the International Roma resistance Day we celebrate Roma taking an active and conscious role in shaping their lives and defining their own faith both during the holocaust and in its aftermath. On this day we celebrate the power of Roma assembly and the alliances we build for Roma self-determination.
(The Gallery8 exhibition is built on the new research – conducted with the leadership of Roma scholars, artists, organizations and activists - initiated by La Voix de Rroms, by Ternype Roma Youth Organisation, by the Tom Lantos Institute and supported by IHRA.)
Curator: Diana Bencze, Nanna Dahler, Tímea Junghaus
Péter Nyári Sárkány: Intersecting Identities
Exhibition at Gallery8
Feb 26, 2016- May 13, 2016
"When analysing my personal development, I find not only two, but three intersecting identities – Hungarian Jewish, Hungarian Roma and Hungarian Christian... I consciously chose each of these identities in certain life stages (although I inherited and grew up with them). First, the Hungarian Jewish identity dominated, then the Hungarian Roma identity, until finally the three united and merged in Christianity. My triple identity is reflected in both the themes and the shape of my artworks. " (Péter Nyári Sárkány, Budapest, 2016)
Péter Nyári Sárkány is a contemporary artist. His early career was influenced by the Hungarian Neo-avantgard, namely by Miklós Erdély and Január Baksa, by the former Young Artists Club, and by the Vajda Lajos Studio in Szentendre. In the beginning he used several objet trouvé in his artworks, and then he slowly developed his unique use of materials: On his wood boards gravel, sand, gypsum and glass fragments appear in the relief-like factures shaped by pastose painting layers. His works are thus on the frontiers of painting and sculpture. He embraced the remembrance of the Roma Holocaust in his art already in the early seventies.The “Night Death March”, the “Flaming People” and the Wallenberg portrait series, which he exhibited in installations, can be seen as experimental paintings of performative genres. His land art works composed together with István Lugossy and Endre Darázs are also well-documented in photos and videos.
His exhibition at Gallery8 - the Roma Contemporary Art Space is based on artworks displaying angels, Romany traditions and commemoration to the great Hungarian and Romani artists, as well as a site specific performance.
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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