Exhibition: {roma} The contract to sell the ethnicity

roma the contract to sell ethnicity

This exhibition is the third part of the program series entitled Intersections I-II-III and has been produced as part of PATTERNS Lectures programme. It can be visited until 14 February 2014 at Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit.hu, in Budapest.

The exhibition critically examines and deconstruct the concepts (Rom-Cigány-Gipsy), as a cultural and artistic strategy, with visual and communicational tools. One of its main goals is to demonstrate examples in which—besides and beyond the minority identity—the sense of being Hungarian and European appears in the memory and self-identification of the Roma minority.

The Sostar? / Why? {roma} art group initiates a ceremonious contracting with institutions and individuals about selling the attribute (Rom-Cigány-Gipsy). With this performative act, the group does not intend to sell its own ethnic origin, but aims to change the schizophrenic situation that forces the members of this group, as Roma writers and artists, to take an ethnicizing and moralizing role. The exhibition endeavors to create the missing artistic, cultural policy, and social discourse, that defines Roma writers and artists as part of the contemporary art and literature canon. The two-sided agreement, initiated by the group, in terms of the emancipation of Roma in Hungary, could assist in establishing long-term collaborations. The art group members consider it to be of great importance to deliberately define and recognize the memory and culture of the Hungarian Roma community, thus creating the conditions for Romas to define themselves as a cultural minority accepted by the majority as well.

The contract is a shared position of the The Sostar? / Why? {roma} art group and the invited guests; that is, to test the accepted viewpoints, which makes it possible to mutually position ourselves and each other. It seeks an agreement, the stake of which is, to deliberately and collectively shape the future of the Hungarian Roma community and that of the Hungarian majority as well.

{roma} The contract to sell the ethnicity
Curated by André Raatzsch, Consultant: András

Mayakovsky 102, the open office of tranzit. hu, 1068 Budapest, Király utca 102, 1st floor
10 January until 14 February 2014. Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 3 pm

Participants in the exhibition:
Members of the The Sostar? / Why? {roma} art group: József Choli Daróczi (poet, translator), Gusztáv Nagy (poet, writer, translator), Norbert Tihanyics (filmmaker), András Kállai (artist), Henrik Kállai (filmmaker), André Raatzsch (artist, curator), Béla Rácz (project manager), Rodrigó Balogh (actor, director, Independent Theatre)
Invited participants : Gábor Pikács (photo), György Stalter (photo), Judit M. Horváth (photo), Levente Leitner (artist), and the Monitor – Critical platform and open workshop