Calle delle Erbe, Cannaregio 6103
Call for submission:
The Roma Pavilion's Int. Award for Young Curators & Critics. Deadline: 30 Nov. '07
Open to the public:
10 June - 21 November 2007
Tuesday - Sunday, 10 am - 6 pm
Thursday, 7 June, 3 pm
Curator: Tímea Junghaus
Daniel Baker, Tibor Balogh, Mihaela Ionela Cimpeanu, Gabi Jimenez, András Kállai, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Kiba Lumberg, Omara, Marian Petre, Nihad Nino Pušija, Jenő André Raatzsch, Dusan Ristic, István Szentandrássy, Norbert Szirmai & János Révész
>> List with brief biographies
Roma Cultural Participation Project
Arts and Culture Network Program
Open Society Institute - Budapest
European Cultural Foundation
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Open Society Institute
P. O. Box 519
Tel.: (+36-1) 327-3100
Fax: (+36-1) 327-3101
"Paradise Lost" is the first contemporary show representing an international selection of Roma contemporary artists.
The exhibition showcases the visual art talents of the largest European ethnic minority. The artists embrace and transform, deny and deconstruct, oppose and analyze, challenge and overwrite the existing stereotypes in a confident intellectual manner, reinventing the Roma tradition and its elements as contemporary culture.
The archetypical motives provide a firm underlying sentiment, but the result unexpectedly suggests a new interpretation, one that is created by the Roma artists themselves. The envisioned alternative identity highlights the strengths of Roma, the capacity for fusion, the sense of glamour, humor and irony, adaptability, mobility and transnationalism.
The intention of opposing and denying the existing (mis)representations and promoting the contrary carry an irresolvable dichotomy, which embodies in art unfree from sorrowful beauty, paranoia, schizophrenia, and post traumatic syndromes.
If the terra incognita of exotic gypsies has been the target of escape since 19th century modernism for Europe, have we all lost our search for Paradise?
Tímea Junghaus, curator
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>> Background information
Viktor Misiano - art historian, curator and critic (Russia)
Thomas Acton - Professor of Romani Studies, University of Greenwich (UK)
Barnabás Bencsik - curator, director of the Agency of International Art Exchane (Hungary)
Dragan Klaic - scholar, cultural analyst, writer in the field of European cultural policy (The Netherlands)
Marketta Seppala - director of the Frame Foundation, commissioner of the Nordic Pavilion 2007 (Finland)
Katalin Székely - art historian, art critic (Hungary)
168 pages with 130 color illustrations
Content of the first page
Texts & biographies
Photo pages - artists, curator