Andaro angluno vast | First-Hand

Nihad Nino Pusija

Photography is the most historically complex and problematic genre to ever appropriate the Roma subject. Will Roma ever be able to dissociate themselves from the traumatizing – sexualizing, feminizing, and criminalizing – practices of photographic representation used throughout the history of anthropology and ethnography? And has it become definitively impossible to turn and re-turn the photographic gaze?

Since his first exhibition in Sarajevo (1988), the questions sketched out above have been central to the work of the artist and photographer Pusija. He continues to offer new ways to create and perceive authentic images while dealing with anti-Roma prejudices and their political consequences, such as deportation and assimilation. In doing so, he contributes to the contemporary European art scene’s on-going critical analysis of the role that pictures of so-called ‘others’ play in the self-image of those portrayed.

His series of portraits of internationally known Romani artists and activists, will be shown for the first time in 2020 at the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).

 

Events

15.Oct 5:00 pm

Countering the Photographic Gaze: Can we disassociate Roma bodies from the sexualizing and criminalizing practices of ethnographic and anthropological photography?

Panel Discussion

Many has researched the ways in which gender, race and sexuality have been ‘looked at’ in visual culture, including the politics of looking in relation to minorities and Indigenous cultures and identities. However, a debate on the sexualizing, feminizing, and criminalizing images on the biggest European ethnic minority, the Roma, is very much underrepresented both in academia and in the field of contemporary art. The discussion with artist Nino Nihad Pusija and art historian and director of ERIAC, Timea Junghaus, moderated by the curator Zsofia Bihari will debate the topic in relation to the photography series of Mr. Pusija on the Roma Cultural Movement.

Address

European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Reinhardtstraße 41 10117 Berlin

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22.Oct 5:00 pm

Introduction to the exhibition by the artist

Guided tour

Since 1988, Pusija has been offering new ways to create and perceive authentic images while dealing with anti-Roma prejudices and their political consequences, such as deportation and integration. Join the introduction with the artist and learn about his new series Andaro angluno vast - First-Hand, a prohotgraphical journy through the Roma Cultural Movements of the last decades.

Address

European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture Reinhardtstraße 41 10117 Berlin