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Exhibition: Gossips (Mo - Fr)

Reinhardtstraße 41-43 10117 Berlin - zum Stadtplan
Einschränkung: free entry
FFP2 Mask required

10 - 17h
Freitag 08.04.2022 bis Mittwoch 31.08.2022 - Anfangszeit: :00 Uhr
Kategorie: Kunst

Luna De Rosa | Dariya Kanti | Nataliia Tomenko
8 April – 31 August 2022
10 - 17h 

free entry
FFP2 Mask required 



On the occasion of the International Romani Day (8 April), ERIAC is hosting three young and upcoming artists representing contemporary Roma woman’s art in the exhibition GOSSIPS.

In a collaboration between ERIAC and Villa Romana (Florence, Italy), two artistic residencies are offered to the winners of a public competition. In 2022, Dariya Kanti (1991, lives and works in Tashkent, Uzbekistan) and Luna De Rosa (1991, lives and works in Berlin, Germany) are the young Roma talents chosen for this residency. Featuring the two awardees and Nataliia Tomenko (1994, fled from Kremenchuk, Ukraine and currently living and working in Vienna, Austria), artist in residence for ERIAC in 2021, the exhibition welds together three artistic positions that bring together notions of Roma identity, feminist strategy and ecology while staying true to their specific aesthetics and methodologies.

Dariya Kanti’s surreal, captivating and carefully crafted imagery unfolds into emanating and symbolic icons. They become catalysts for speculative story-telling, referencing oral history and its mode of transmission as an important part of Roma culture as well as creating a specific time-space configuration that allows her to speculate on the future and to develop feminist narratives on womanhood and ecology.

Luna De Rosa’s work explores questions of Roma identity and womanhood and the politics and poetics of its visual representation. She creates stunning and dense images that almost metaphorically follow the friction and clashing realities of ideas connected to being an artist, Roma and a woman in search of a mode of existing in the in-between, of being multiple, of staying irreducible.

Nataliia Tomenko captures the daily life of a Ukrainian Romni (young Roma woman) virtuously using various graphic and printmaking techniques. In linocuts and ink drawings, she creates visual vocabularies that connect to expressions in the Romani language and thereby process and transform key aspects of Roma politics and identity.

It is in borrowing feminist historian Silvia Federici’s reading of the word gossip that these three voices tune in together and resist and build worlds effectively: “In early modern England, the word ‘gossip’ referred to companions in childbirth not limited to the midwife. It also became a term for women’s friends, with no necessary derogatory connotations. In either case, it had strong emotional connotations.”[1]

[1]Silvia Federici, Witches, Witch-Hunting, and Women (Oakland, CA: PM Press, 2018), 35-36.

von: ERIAC - European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture

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