21 April, 2018
7:00 pm


District Berlin, Bessemerstraße 2-14, 12103 Berlin


Margaret Tali, Kiba Lumberg, Mihaela Drăgan


District*School Without Center, Berlin, Ulrike Gerhardt

Lecture and Artist Talk

Producing Roma Feminist Art

Margaret Tali will discuss the significance of Roma artists’ exclusion from the contemporary art scene and what this reveals about its nature and alignments. She will focus on the work of an outstanding Finnish-Kale artist, writer, and activist, Kiba Lumberg, who advocates for her artistic practice as a human right. This raises questions about how to respect cultural difference and divergent understandings of art based on artists’ positions of memory and community. What forms of translation does Lumberg’s art require that would grant respect to both the artist as well as the audience? What could it mean to curate artistic practice as a human right?

Mihaela Drăgan presents Giuvlipen, the first Roma feminist theater company formed by professional actresses of Roma origins in Bucharest. In her talk, she will cover the discourse around Roma art practice, which has developed parallel to the escalation of anti-Gypsyism and increasing stereotypification of Roma women.

The event takes place in Freja Bäckman’s installation I was told I chop wood like a ballet dancer and is part of the public program of the D’EST Curatorial Summit from 20 to 22 April 2018, organized by Ulrike Gerhardt.