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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. 

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.

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