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Tuesday 09.10.2012

Roma Issue. A Project with Majority at CCA Konin, Poland

Architecture of Polska Roma, inspired by Disneyland, from Piotr Marciniak's archive.

Roma Issue. A Project with Majority.
CCA Konin, Romani Villa, House of Romani Leader


12 October: Pavel Braila 'Baron's Hill' & Marek Miller 'Romani Flag' 13 October: Open Doors in Romani Villa: Pavel Braila, Tamara Moyzes, Marjetica Potrč, Árpád Schilling, Roma Preview Pavilion, Bronisława Wajs (Papusza) & Dinner Exchange Berlin

Angelika Topolewska, project leader, Joanna Warsza, curator

CCA Konin, Romani Villa
Kolejowa 1a & Dąbrowskiego 34
62-510 Konin

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Artists, activists, researchers:
Pavel Braila, Miklosz Deki, Miklosz Marek & Sara Czureja, Agnieszka Makuła, Piotr Marciniak, Anna Markowska, Marek Miller, Tamara Moyzes, Roma Preview Pavilion, Adam Paczkowski, Marjetica Potrč, Anna Prus, Árpád Schilling/Krétakör, Sandra Teitge/Dinner Exchange Berlin, Bronisława Wajs (Papusza), Leah Whitman-Salkin

Curated by Joanna Warsza
Part of Wielkopolska Revolutions curated by: Agata Siwiak

'Roma Issue. A project with majority' looks upon the biggest minority in Europe as a source of possible, not apparent but vital political and social inspiration. Roma are most often stigmatized and marginalized and even the social programs introduce an irreducible difference between the normative majority and the marked Other.

'Roma Issue' is an invitation to forget culture's specific set of rules and asks how the Romani culture could become a horizon of the possible scenarios for reworking democratic tools, which kind of models could it provide when it comes to collectivity, mobility, post-nationalistic and anti-territorial agenda, general assemblies, or self-design and daring architecture.

The project consists of the first individual presentation of Pavel Braila's work in Poland with 'Baron's Hill': a video on the typology of the Romani villas in the Moldavian city of Soroca, and a trailer of his new project 'Talking Letters'–a documentary on Romani language. As well as one day interventions in a beautiful Romani villa by artists, activists and researchers – including talks about 'Border Theories', which prove that a division minor versus major puts a threat to holistic perception of reality and guided tours on villa architecture of Polska Roma. A Romani flag will be hung on the top of the water tower – the seat of CCA Konin – an installation by the activist Marek Miller, seen also from passing trains on the Berlin-Warszawa express line.


12 October: Opening followed by talks in the house of Romani Leader

18.00-21.00: Gallery in Water Tower, Kolejowa 1a
Pavel Braila 'Baron's Hill' &
Romani flag on the Tower, an installation by Marek Miller

13 October: Open Doors in Romani Villa


Artists & Projects: Pavel Braila, Tamara Moyzes, Marjetica Potrč, Árpád Schilling, Roma Preview Pavilion, Bronisława Wajs (Papusza), Dinner Exchange Berlin

Talks with and by: Agnieszka Makuła, Anna Markowska, Anna Prus, Leah Whitman-Salkin,
Marek Miller, Mikosz Czureja, Piotr Marciniak, Sandra Teitge, Magda Kałużna-Krysińska, Damian Kruczkowski

12-20 October: Exhibition continues in the Water Tower Gallery

Wielkopolska Rewolucje / Wielkopolska Revolutions is a project commissioned by the Marshal Office of the Wielkopolska Region