This book follows up on the exhibition organised at tranzit.sk in Bratislava from November 29, 2017 to January 27, 2018. The exhibition, which was initiated by artist Oto Hudec, was a proposal to reflect on the idea of a museum of Romani culture in Slovakia. This book was conceived as a new format for the further envisioning of the museum together with artists, academics, cultural practitioners and activists working in Slovakia and other European countries. They were asked to bring their contribution in conceptualising the museum and/or address various aspects of Romani visual arts, culture, history, their positioning within dominant discourses and their relevance in the museum context.
The publication also discusses a need for a new institution conceived from today’s perspective, an institution which goes beyond the traditional ethnographic approach, and is informed by interdisciplinary thinking, de-colonial and feminist theories and practices, and which builds on participation and collaboration. It envisages a museum that operates as a social agent, thus bearing a significant emancipatory and political potential.
Texts: Daniel Baker, Jana Belišová, Renata Berkyová, Roman Čonka, Adriana Daneková, Robert Gabris, Erika Godlová, Delaine Le Bas, Andrea Pócsik, Vlado Rafael, Zuzana Révészová, Emília Rigová, Karolína Ryvolová, Jelena Savic, David Tišer
Artist contributions: Robert Gabris, Gruppo Tökmag, Lukáš Houdek, Oto Hudec, Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić, Emília Rigová
Editors: Judit Angel, Oto Hudec, Eliška Mazalanová, Zuzana Révészová, Emília Rigová
Translations: Eva Danišová, Palo Fabuš, Zuzana Jánská, Elena & Paul McCullough
Proofreading: Eva Danišová, Lukáš Foldyna, Miroslava Kuracinová Valová, Paul McCullough
Graphic Design: Sándor Bartha
Publisher: tranzit.sk, Bratislava, 2019
Languages: Slovak, Romani, English
The book was supported by Goethe Institut Bratislava, Slovak Arts Council.