Curated by: Daniel Baker
Commissioned by: European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture e.V. (ERIAC)
This revolutionary exhibition brings together fourteen innovative Romani contemporary artists aged between twenty-seven and ninety-five years old, from eight countries across Europe (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom). FutuRoma presents a major milestone in European history, as it marks only the third time that there has ever been a Roma exhibition at Biennale Arte, having previously exhibited in 2007 and 2011. By virtue of the very existence of Futuroma, and of the presence of the monumental artists and dynamic artwork featured in the exhibition, FutuRoma is a powerful demonstration of the plethora of intricate experiences and enormous contributions of members of Roma communities within European society(ies) throughout history and today.As well as being a means to re-discover Roma history in an impactful and engaging way the project is a chance to envision a future where Roma truly belong. Daniel Baker, the curator writes that,“As Roma we are too often told that we have no future—that we remain relics of the past. FutuRoma draws together visions of our future to present an alternative perspective informed by all that came before and the promise of all that can be, placing us firmly in the here and now”.
- Selma Selman, Self-portrait (washing machine), 2016. Photographer Tanja Kanazir, 53.32 x 80 cm. Courtesy of the artist