moderation: Katarzyna Roj
meeting in English
Publication date: 15.10.2013
Meeting with Timea Junghaus, Maria Hlavajova and Thomas Acton accompanying the exhibition Houses as Silver as tents.
Initiators of a number of the most important Roma projects in Europe will discuss Roma art and its role in the process of shaping new Roma identity, and the difficulties and successes of work on this topic.
Timea Junghaus — art historian and critic of Roma origins. Author and editor of the publication dedicated to Roma art, Meet Your Neighbours — Contemporary Roma Art from Europe (2006). Curator of the exhibition Paradise Lost: The First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd International Art Exhibition in Venice (2007). In her research and numerous publications, she deals with the connections between modern art and contemporary critical theory, with a particular focus on the question of cultural differences, colonialism and the modes of presenting minorities. From 2010, she has held an academic post at the Institute of Art History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Maria Hlavajova — the founder and artistic director of the project Former West, and from 2000 the artistic director of BAK Utrecht. She is a curator, amongst others, of the second Roma Pavilion at the 54th International Art Exhibition in Venice, Call the Witness (2011). She has been a member of the department of the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in New York (1998–2002), joint curator of Manifesta 3 in Ljubljana (2000) and director of the Soros Center for Contemporary Arts in Bratislava (1994–1999).
Thomas Acton – a sociologist, activist and writer. In 1967, he led the first summer courses on the Gypsy Council Summer Caravan School. His Ph.D. work, dedicated to the question of British-Roma relations, was defended at the University of Oxford in 1973. He is the author of numerous publications in which he deals with the Roma question in a wide perspective; he is currently employed at Bucks New University and also teaches Roma language and culture courses at the University of Greenwich. He is also patron of the London organization, the Roma Support Group, and secretary of the associations, the Gypsy Lore Society and the Brentwood Gypsy Support Group.
15.10 – 15.12.2013Houses as Silver as Tents
Although Romai people live among us, there are a lot of issues that divide us. Most of all, it is our perception of the mentioned ethnically-foreign co-inhabitants. The exhibition presents, among others, the collection of clichѐ representations: etchings, photographs and paintings (from 19th to 20th century), which reflect stereotypical image of the Roma in Polish art.Zachęta – National Gallery of ArtZachęta