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Matei Bejenaru on Mon, 15 Nov 2004 09:12:36 +0100 (CET)

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[Nettime-ro] Roma Exhibition in Graz

"We are what we are."
Aspects of Roma Life in Contemporary Art

Matei Bejenaru (RO), Michaela Bruckmüller (A), Pavlina Fichta Cierna (SK),
Cosmin Gradinaru (RO), Iosif Kiraly / Mariana Celac / Marius Marcu-Lapadat
(RO), Monika Kovacova (SK), Aydan Murtezaoglu (TR), Terez Orsos (HU), Nihad
Nino Pusija (D/BiH), Gyöngyi Raczne Kalanyos (HU), Mario Rizzi (I), Erzen
Shkololli (KOS), Mladen Stilinovic (HR), Ceija Stojka (A), Chad Evans Wyatt
(USA/CZ), Dusan Zahoransky (CZ/SK)

Margarethe Makovec + Anton Lederer, < rotor > association for contemporary
art, Graz

Opening: Friday, November 19, 2004, 5.00 p.m.
Minoriten Gallery, Mariahilferplatz 3, 8020 Graz

Exhibition: November 20 until December 5, 2004
Opening hours: Monday - Sunday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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In general, the approach to life among Roma and non-Roma has been very
different, not to say diametrically opposed. The difference in world view
has repeatedly triggered a wide range of reactions and responses -
particularly among non-Roma (called Gadze in Romanes, the language of the
Roma people) -  ranging from fear to fascination.

Probably because artists themselves have a special position in society, they
are often particularly interested in those who also stand on the margins of
mainstream society.  Thus, it comes as no surprise that we frequently find
representations of Roma in art history.
"We are what we are" presents and represents current contempoary artistic
positions, which develop an alternative approach to Roma people, aiming to
distinguish itself from the traditional preconceived notions and prejudices
found in the various countries.

The artistically addressed cultural manifestations from the different
European Roma groups are surprisingly manifold and oppose what is publicly
perceived as "being Roma." In most countries, public opinion about Roma
follows a few clichés. The exhibition is conceived as a contribution to
differentiated perspectives and views.

An exhibition in the frame of the uniT Culture2000 project:
Roma and Gadze - an Approach

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