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
An exhibition in the frame of the Culture2000 project by uniT:
“Roma and Gadze - An Approach“
in cooperation with Artemisszio Foundation/ Budapest, Jekhetane/ Presov,
JSKD/Ljubljana, Concept Foundation/ Bucharest, CGM/ Brescia
Cultural CIty Network Graz; mit Loidl und Co.Graz, JSKD/Ljubljana