There is no such thing as a Roma Museum of Contemporary Art. What would it have to be like if there was one? What kinds of works should it display and to whom? On what principles should it build its collection? How should it relate to existing Roma collections and Roma cultural heritage? How would it relate to the stereotypical expressions of Roma representation and the potential pitfalls of self-representation? Is there even a need for a Roma Museum of Contemporary Art and is this the most suitable name for it?
RomaMoMA is a contemporary art project initiating a forum for joint reflection on a future Roma Museum of Contemporary Art with the involvement of local and international, Roma and non-Roma artists, cultural experts, social scientists and civilians.
Its purpose is to develop a transnational institutional concept that explores, presents and discusses the political, social, cultural and artistic representation of the Roma in a decolonising interpretive framework. Instead of a fixed Roma cultural identity, it conceives of complex and constantly forming identity patterns.
The project is not about the realization of a specific museum concept. As the first stage of a three-year international project, by presenting diverse, even conflicting positions, it proposes a nomadic, flexible and discursive institution that raises questions and phrases statements by means of contemporary art. All this should be in accordance with the museum concepts of the 21stcentury that extend social engagement, which is today already defined as a compulsory directive, to reconsidering the (occasionally contradictory) relations of museum narratives, cultural heritage and contemporaneity.
The RomaMoma project at the OFF-Biennale is based on the RomaMoma concept by Tímea Junghaus as well as the Oto Hudec’s work Invisible Museum (2017), realized in collaboration with tranzit.sk. The project is part of a long-term collaboration between OFF-Biennale and ERIAC.
Participating curators: Anna Lujza Szász
advisors: JUNGHAUS Tímea, DARÓCZI Ágnes