Sites of Repressed Remembrance

May 24, 2017 - Jun 02, 2017

Opening: May 24, Wednesday, 18:30

Artists: Júlia Baki, Daniel Baker, Tibor Balogh, Delaine le Bas, Tamara Moyzes, Csaba Nemes, Alexander Schikowski, Erika Varga

Curators: Diana Bencze, Tímea Junghaus, Luca Pintér

The artists and curators of the exhibition Sites of Repressed Remembrance were inspired by the book with the same title written by Katalin Katz in 2005. This important source in Hungarian holocaust history includes several testimonies by Roma holocaust survivors and it is one of the first publications to consider the phenomena of silence and the importance and meaning of hidden, untold and repressed stories, memories and remembrance.

The invited artists reflect ont he violence against Roma during and after the holocaust. They examine the stories, places and remembrance of the atrocities and they explore and unveil how their sites became the locations of repressed memories and sometimes even forgetting instead of becoming the locations for remembrance and memorial practice. In this regard the exhibited artworks are drawing attention to the absence of memorials and the need of commemoration sites for both the Roma holocaust and the recent Roma murders.

In the lack of a proper cultural and commemorative infrastructure for Roma, community events such as this exhibition and the sorrowful memory of the Roma holocaust are the two most important factors in constructing Roma identities. They initiate a sense of trans-generational continuity, shared memories, and a sense of common destiny.

The exhibition was on view on March 2, 2016 in Budapest as a conected event to the conference The Memory of the Roma Genocide – Education, Research, Civil activism, and Human rights.

Robert Gabris

Sep 22, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017

If you are scared, don't enter the forest!

drawings and interactive installation with glasses and mirrors, work in progress

In my concept I’m using handwritten texts as a pictorial language, to describe my thoughts about the topic ‚abstract forest‘. So this overlayed handwritten sentences build a complex structure, which creates my pictorial presentation of an imaginary forest. These images imitate my notebooks, where I associatively record different terms, sentences, words or sounds and analyze them in the process of writing.

Drawing 1 - "If you are scared, don’t enter the forest"

is the first interpretation of educational methods or measures by which an automatically unsafe and poor future of a Romachild in Slovakia is provided with a pointer finger. For me, this warning was a a forest of phobia and eerie darkness. I would like to discuss the patriotic contextualisation of different speech forms in Slovakia and at the same time to question how differently they have shaped my childhood, education and training.

Drawing 2 - "We woun’t come out! You have to come in. We are waiting here. If you need something, you have to come in!"

Is a quote from a survivor of Auschwitz who recalls the day when the Romacamp was to be eradicated. I am thrilled by this almost fabulous sentence because it is actually the simplest and most effective solution to the Rome problematics in Slovakia. My written rainbow becomes a gate that invites everyone to look into the world of the Roma and actively participate in positive solutions.

Drawing 3 - "Forest of flies"

is a drawing showing the order and understanding of the Roma togetherness. For me, these orders are symbolized with flies, which fly forever free and constantly, though trying to keep them from flying. Who can actually condemn a fly for flying free?

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