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.
Tamara 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.
Exhibition on view between April 8 and May 16, 2014.
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