I’d like to draw your attention to Roma art!
Gallery8 in Budapest, Hungary, hosts an exhibition on Roma art curated by Maria Alina Asavei.
The exhibition opens on Dec. 6, 2013, at 3 p.m. and it can be visited until February 20, 2014.
"CALLING CARDS is an exhibition-concept which aims to raise awareness and to purge the noxious growth of discrimination against Roma communities. This exhibition takes as its point of departure, reenacts and extends Adrian Piper’s concept of Calling Cards. This reenactment is a form of social activism which attempts to rectify discrimination by re-acting and re-staging one of the most important artistic assertions against racism formulated by a first generation conceptual artist. Piper confronted the pervasive racism of our society. With Calling Cards, she challenges viewers to take the confrontation with racism “into their own hands”. A calling card is the precursor of the contemporary “business card”. It is an old fashioned social convention which used to signify an invitation, an introduction for oneself or a means of communication. Each piece of art from this exhibition acts symbolically as a calling card meant to draw attention to the Roma’s social, cultural and spatial segregation. Actual “Calling Cards” (inspired by Adrian Piper’s Calling Card No.1, 1986-1990) will be disseminated within and beyond the art space.”
Curator: Maria Alina Asavei
Consultant: Timea Junghaus
Participants artists: Marika Schmiedt (Austria), Eszter Kinga Deli (Hungary), Selma Selman (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Cristina David (Romania), Laszlho Sefcick (France), Liliana Basarab (Romania)
And: students from Roma Access Programs (Central European University, Budapest), anonymous postcards, collages and letters, signed postcards, collages and letters, diary pages and other material traces of the calling cards’ exchange.
Collaborating Partners: Gallery8 (ERCF), CEU Center for Art and Culture, Roma Access Program (CEU)
See the entire curatorial statement, as well as the Calling Cards after Adrian Piper, on the website of Gallery8.
Please, spread the word! And whoever is in Budapest, the opening is tomorrow, Dec. 6, 2013, at 3 p.m. Come!