BAK Critical Readers in Contemporary Art
We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art

BAK Critical Readers in Contemporary Art

By Albert Atkin, Huub van Baar, Damian James Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Zygmunt Bauman, Ethel Brooks, Agnes Daróczi, Tony Gatlif, Cécile Kovacshazy, Alex Lykidis, Ian Hancock, Sanja Iveković, Tímea Junghaus, Regina Römhild, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikun

We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art inquires into the contemporary moment through the lens of Roma artistic and intellectual practices, gathering knowledge from the Roma way of life. With the emblematic claim in the artistic imaginary “we Roma,” including in it wider society, the reader asks how we can invoke the possibility of a different world and alternative futures. Artists, theorists, writers, and activists—both Roma and non-Roma—speculate on such questions and the possibility of art to imagine the world otherwise.

With contributions by: Albert Atkin (philosopher; Sydney); Huub van Baar (researcher and writer, Amsterdam); Damian James Le Bas (writer, journalist, poet, and filmmaker, Essex) & Delaine Le Bas (artist, various locations across Europe); Zygmunt Bauman (social theorist, Leeds); Ethel Brooks (writer and researcher, New Jersey); Agnes Daróczi (curator and activist, Budapest); Tony Gatlif (film director, actor, composer, and producer, Algiers) & Cécile Kovacshazy (researcher and writer, Limoges) with Alex Lykidis (film theorist, New York); Ian Hancock (Roma linguist, historian, and political advocate, Austin); Sanja Ivekovic (artist, Zagreb); Tímea Junghaus (curator and cultural activist, Budapest); Regina Römhild (cultural anthropologist and curator, Berlin) & Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung (curator and writer, Berlin); Salman Rushdie (novelist and essayist, London and New York); and Mike Sell (theorist, Pittsburgh).

Table of contents

We Roma: Notes from a Conversation

Foreword by Daniel Baker and Maria Hlavajova

Reconstruction, Recognition, and Roma

Albert Atkin

Homecoming at Witching Hour: The Securitization of the European Roma and the Reclaiming of Their Citizenship

Huub van Baar

Minister and Ghost

Damian James Le Bas and Delaine Le Bas

Uneasy Cohabitation of the Established and the Outsiders

Zygmunt Bauman

Reclaiming: The Camp and the Avant-Garde

Ethel Brooks

The Birth of Roma Visual Arts­—Hungary, 1979

Ágnes Daróczi

I Am Not Here to Talk About the ‘Gypsy Problem’

Tony Gatlif prompted by Cécile Kovacshazy with Alex Lykidis

Required Reading

Ian Hancock

Yours Is an Optimistic Scenario

Maria Hlavajova and Tìmea Junghaus

Rohrbach Living Memorial

Sanja Ivekovic

The Post-Other as Avant-Garde

Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Regina Römhild

The Real Crime Is Ours

Salman Rushdie

Avant-Garde/Roma: A Critical History of Bohemianism and Cultural Politics

Mike Sell


Editors: Daniel Baker and Maria Hlavajova

Associate Editor: Janine Armin

Managing Editor & Research: Gwen Parry

Editorial Assistant: Seyma Bayram

Design: Kummer & Herrman, Utrecht

Published by: BAK, basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht and Valiz, Amsterdam

Language: English

Pages: 286

ISBN: 978-90-77288-16-0 and 978-90-78088-78-3

Price: € 24

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