Exhibitions

CEIJA STOJKA

Aug 02, 2014 - Sep 10, 2014

Curator: Moritz Pankok, director of Kai Dikhas Gallery, Berlin Opening: August 2, 2014, 15.00

The exhibition presents the biographical documentary Ceija Stojka by director Karin Berger.

The extensive (approx. 450 pages) trilingual (German, English, Romanes) Ceija Stojka monograph (published in July 2014) is available for sale at the opening.

The exhibition “We Were Ashamed” presents a subjective selection of artworks by the artist, Ceija Stojka who died last year. As a survivor of three concentration camps, the artist began painting in her mid-fifties. There are two cycles which define her body of work. Black and white ink drawings and comparably fewer oil paintings depict her memories from the concentration camps under the title “Even Death is Afraid of Auschwitz”. On the other hand, her oeuvre also presents a colourful world painted with expressive gestures: nature, landscapes, images of Roma wagons, dance and family – art that celebrates life and survival. The exhibition features works from both cycles, which are closely intertwined.

The ink drawing entitled "We Were Ashamed" portrays naked women prisoners from Ravensbrück being forced to stand naked in front of the SS. This shame, which the Nazis used as a means of torture and oppression, persisted long after the years of imprisonment and genocide. It took artists like Ceija Stojka to finally break the taboo of silence, which existed within the Roma community as a consequence of the shame and humiliation. This process in turn led to a newly discovered self-confidence; it was essential in empowering the Sinti and Roma to fight for recognition within a hostile environment that still denied the persecution of Roma during the Nazi era. The artistic work on the past became a political intervention in the present.

Ceija Stojka‘s art is a powerful avant-garde; it transformed her with perseverance and courage from being a passive victim of the Holocaust to an active political actor. From time to time, she faced her memories and generously shared them with us. These images are not only unique documents but also fascinating works of art that are invaluable to the history of Sinti and Roma. Ceija Stojka is an interface in between tradition and modernity: on the one hand, she was a guardian and facilitator of tradition; on the other hand, she was a pioneer in reinterpreting and breaking with conventions. She declared that she was aware of her responsibility as a survivor to be visible and to have the courage to speak up.

The works of the “Bright Cycle” cannot be understood as separate from the other works, in the same way as the art of Ceija Stojka should not be reduced to the Auschwitz cycle. The traumatic experiences resonate in the “Bright Cycle”, which is an attempt by the artist to rebuild – to recreate with her palette –a world which the Nazis wanted to take away from the Roma. Just like the “Dark Works” they are also a collective attempt towards the transgression of the victim; they suggest that even after the trauma – one which Roma will never forget – a positive (collective, Roma) (self-)image may still exist.

Kép/Image: CEIJA STOJKA : Megszégyenítve / We Were Ashamed, 2008, Tus/Ink on paper, 30 x 42 cm.

További információ / More information : Tímea Junghaus, +36302490222, tjunghaus@romacult.org.


THE NATURAL HISTORY OF NON-EXISTENSE

Apr 08, 2014 - Aug 02, 2014

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 July 25, 2014.

More information: frontdesk@gallery8.org, +36302490222

 


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