WORKSHOP III: Perspectives on Visual Art, Activism and Social Transformation.

Pluriculturalism in Contemporary Art and Culture

Moderna Museet, Malmö
in partnership with
Perpetuum Mobilε and the City of Malmö, Culture Department

The Outside Insiders project at Moderna Museet, Malmö is being launched with a series of workshops co-organised with the City of Malmö, Culture Department

Curated by Timea Junghaus, Ivor Stodolsky and Marita Muukkonen (in rotating order)

November 11, 2014

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Perspectives on Visual Art, Activism and Social Transformation

The First Roma Pavilion (2007) was a conscious “subaltern revolt” by the European Roma intelligentsia.* During the preceding decade Roma theoreticians and artists proved that it is in the field of the visual where Roma subalternity — this burden of being the ‘other’ and the physical, symbolic and epistemic violence it implies, or in other words, the colonizing act of European majorities toward the Roma — is the most visible and evident. The increasingly vigorous discourse on Roma identity, representation and contemporary art together with the arrival of Roma cultural experts, has begun to dismantle the sophisticated machinery of cultural oppression.

Workshop III identifies constructive and transformative models – in theory, art, and life – which enable us to get closer to an understanding of reconciliation or peace. Those practices that inspire us to see the potential reconciliation of interrelations between non-Roma subjectivity and Roma reality.

November 11, 2014
Moderna Museet Malmö

15.00 Opening Words by Fredrik Elg and Senija Vurzer

15.05 Introduction to Workshop III by Tímea Junghaus

15.15 -15.40 Keynote speech by Delaine Le Bas

15.40-16.00 Coffee Break

Panel: 16.00-17.45

Delaine Le Bas
Marita Muukkonen
Selma Selman

Moderator: Tímea Junghaus.


Closing words: Dušan Marinkovic


Film: Indignados (2012) by Tony Gatlif
Introduction by Ivor Stodolsky



Tímea Junghaus. Curator, Roma activist, European Roma Cultural Foundation  (Budapest)
Delaine Le Bas – Artist (UK)
Dušan Marinkovic – Roma activist and rap artist (Malmö)
Marita Muukkonen – Curator. Director of Perpetuum Mobilε (Helsinki/Berlin)
John Peter Nilsson – Director, Moderna Museet (Malmö)
Selma Selman – Artist (BiH)
Ivor Stodolsky – Curator, Theorist. Director of Perpetuum Mobilε (Berlin/Helsinki)
Senija Vurzer – Project assistant, City of Malmö Culture Department


* Research on subaltern desire is a scientific field which is (naturally) often explored by minorities which are the victims of discrimination. The applicability of the notion of the subaltern to the case of the Roma was confirmed by Gayatri Spivak, who in 2011 held a presentation at the Vienna Festwochen during the “Safe European Home?” program series about the possibility of placing European Roma into the postcolonial theoretical framework.

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