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ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF congratulates to the winners of the Igor Zabel Award 2014: Ekaterina Degot, Karel Cisar, Miklavz Komelj, Kirill Medvedev!

http://www.erstestiftung.org/…/igor-zabel-award-for-cultur…/


Ferenc Szőke: Sounding Ball - exhibition at Gallery8

Ferenc Szőke: Sounding Ball - exhibition at Gallery8

Oct 10, 2014 - Nov 07, 2014

Ferenc Szőke’s first drawings were made in February 2013 just around the time when Gallery8 was established. His first exhibition of video installations, sketches and descriptions was staged in February 2014 at Liget Gallery. Much part of his series displayed there under the title ‘Palace of Wonders’ resembled the world of Duchamp's ready-mades. The installations try to reveal the correlations of reality, sight, the medium and the self. The monitors in the works are objects forming part of reality, and, at the same time, tools distancing themselves and the viewer from their objective reality through the fact of virtuality.

The exhibition to be presented at Gallery8 will partly complement the series of video installations, but in a larger part it will include non-video-based conceptual works. The visions transpiring from the descriptions, and sketches connect typically distant times and places, bringing close faraway centuries and continents. The objects bring about special encounters and clashes that fuse West and East, past and present. The context of the 'pictures' and the venue is outlined by the traditional emotional aura of the concept of Roma, on top of the word's immediate usual semantic field. For the artist the word suggests, and at the same time identifies, the longing for breaking away from everyday locations, the attraction of adventure, of the ancient Nomadic instinct inherent in all of us, of the free roving soul of mankind ..., it represents the internal need for being in this world, and for breaking away in a both physical, and intellectual sense, and it connects our components perhaps in the same way as seven metals alloyed together to make a Tibetan singing bowl ...


Ceija Stojka, We Were Ashamed - exhibition at Gallery8

Ceija Stojka, We Were Ashamed - exhibition at Gallery8

Aug 02, 2014 - Oct 06, 2014

Curator: Moritz Pankok, director of Kai Dikhas Gallery, Berlin Opening: August 2, 2014, 15.00

The exhibition “We Were Ashamed” presents a subjective selection of artworks by the artist, Ceija Stojka who died last year. As a survivor of three concentration camps, the artist began painting in her mid-fifties. There are two cycles which define her body of work. Black and white ink drawings and comparably fewer oil paintings depict her memories from the concentration camps under the title “Even Death is Afraid of Auschwitz”. On the other hand, her oeuvre also presents a colourful world painted with expressive gestures: nature, landscapes, images of Roma wagons, dance and family – art that celebrates life and survival. The exhibition features works from both cycles, which are closely intertwined.

The ink drawing entitled "We Were Ashamed" portrays naked women prisoners from Ravensbrück being forced to stand naked in front of the SS. This shame, which the Nazis used as a means of torture and oppression, persisted long after the years of imprisonment and genocide. It took artists like Ceija Stojka to finally break the taboo of silence, which existed within the Roma community as a consequence of the shame and humiliation. This process in turn led to a newly discovered self-confidence; it was essential in empowering the Sinti and Roma to fight for recognition within a hostile environment that still denied the persecution of Roma during the Nazi era. The artistic work on the past became a political intervention in the present.

Ceija Stojka‘s art is a powerful avant-garde; it transformed her with perseverance and courage from being a passive victim of the Holocaust to an active political actor. From time to time, she faced her memories and generously shared them with us. These images are not only unique documents but also fascinating works of art that are invaluable to the history of Sinti and Roma. Ceija Stojka is an interface in between tradition and modernity: on the one hand, she was a guardian and facilitator of tradition; on the other hand, she was a pioneer in reinterpreting and breaking with conventions. She declared that she was aware of her responsibility as a survivor to be visible and to have the courage to speak up.

The works of the “Bright Cycle” cannot be understood as separate from the other works, in the same way as the art of Ceija Stojka should not be reduced to the Auschwitz cycle. The traumatic experiences resonate in the “Bright Cycle”, which is an attempt by the artist to rebuild – to recreate with her palette –a world which the Nazis wanted to take away from the Roma. Just like the “Dark Works” they are also a collective attempt towards the transgression of the victim; they suggest that even after the trauma – one which Roma will never forget – a positive (collective, Roma) (self-)image may still exist.

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Günter Grass's For Roma Foundation endows the Otto Pankok Prize to Gallery8

Günter Grass's For Roma Foundation endows the Otto Pankok Prize to Gallery8

German writer and literary Nobel Laureate, Günter Grass donated the the Otto Pankok Prize to Gallery8 at the City Hall of  Lübeck, Germany on June 23, 2014 for Gallerty8's activities in the field of Roma arts and culture.


THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NON-EXISTENSE

THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NON-EXISTENSE

Opening: April 8, 2014 (International Roma Day) 15.00

 

Artist: Tamara Moyzes

 

The exhibition of Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space opening at 15.00 on April 8, the International Roma Day, demonstrates that the significance of the initiatives which were never realized and thus do not exist in Hungarian Roma history and the Roma emancipation movement play a more important role in shaping our current reality, than those which were realized.

We examine the natural history of non-existence through 18 excellent institution-concepts developed since 1959 by Roma and non-Roma intellectuals, scientific experts, civil organizations and activists for the establishment of a Roma Museum. Nine out of the exhibited concepts can be connected to actual locations and buildings in Hungary, with a few initiatives reaching the stage of scenery plans. The exhibited data sheets, buildings and designs reveal a systematic structure of non-existence connecting multiple generations that is both traumatic and illuminating.

 

amara Moyzes, contemporary artist visited the buildings and the locations of these non-existing museums in order to conduct an artistic activity currently prohibited by Hungarian law: to find objects (object trouvé, found objects) in garbage for artistic appropriation. These illegal ready-made artworks referencing the locations are available for sale at the exhibition.  

 

Opening speech by Samu Szemerey, architect, urbanist, curator.

 

Curator: Junghaus Tímea

Tamara Moyzes is the artist in residence at Gallery8 with the support of the Visegrad Artists Residency Program!

The exhibition is part of the program series of Gallery8, to be realized between September 2013 and September 2014, supported by the EEA Grants/Norway Grants and the Autonómia Foundation.



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