Collecting, Curating and Presenting Roma Culture



Lecturers: Adriana Daneková, Erika Godlová, Agnes Horváthová, Tímea Junghaus, Emília Rigová, Kateřina Sidiropulu Janků

Zuzana Révészova

There is no conference fee. Translation from English to Slovak is provided for every English language presentation. There is no conference fee.

Contact person and registration: Zuzana Révészová,


What is the current topography of Roma collections in Europe, and how do Slovak cultural initiatives and artists’ strategies contribute to it? Which institutions preserve and present the cultural heritage of the Roma today? What is the ethical and effective strategy of collecting information, objects, and cultural artifacts of the Roma? How can Roma archives be collected and curated timely, accurately and constructively? How can Roma artifacts, art and history be presented without exoticism of outdated ethnographic museum exhibitions?

These are the questions at the core of Collecting, curating and presenting Roma symposium. Representatives of diverse institutions, researchers, art critics, Roma intellectuals and artists – together with the audience will examine questions mentioned above and their relevance in the current mainstream Slovak discourse. The invited experts have an extensive experience in methods for working sensitively and productively with Roma cultural memory, with knowledge production by Roma, and with battling the challenges connected to digitalization in museums, collections and archives.


10:00 – 12:30 Block 1: Challenges of material museum collections, contemporary Roma art

Adriana Daneková – representative of Museum of Roma Culture in Slovakia, Slovak National Museum

Agnes Horváthová – cultural worker, who organized online archives in the early 2000s

Emília Rigová – artist, co-edited an issue of ENTER magazine on Roma art

13:30 – 16:00 Block 2: Work of the archives and the memory

Tímea Junghaus – visual arts curator, digital archives and the production of knowledge

Erika Godlová – representative of Roma Documentation Centre, digitalizing lively Roma culture in the library environment

Kateřina Sidiropulu Janků – sociologist, author of Memory of Roma Workers project

The event is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic Marek Maďarič and the Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak Republic for Roma Communities Ábel Ravasz.

The symposium is a collaborative event of the Goethe Institute Bratislava, the RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma, and Spolka. The supporter is Visual Art Section.

Florian Bauer

Director Social Finance, Sustainability and Innovation
Since 2023, Florian Bauer has been responsible for social finance, sustainability and social innovation at ERSTE Foundation. Prior to this role, Florian worked in the NGO & Social Entrepreneurship sector for more than 13 years. He led the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP), an international multilateral NGO that works to accelerate market-based deployment of renewable energy and energy efficient systems in developing countries, and was Managing Director & COO of the Impact Hub Vienna. From 2020-2023, Florian established strategic alliances with key partners and helped to create innovative semantic technology solutions at Semantic Web Company (SWC), a leading IT company in semantic AI solutions.