The natural history of non-existence
9. April 2014. -
Opening: 8. April 2014 at 15:00
The exhibition of Gallery8 opening on April 8, the International Roma Day, demonstrates that the significance of the initiatives which
were never realized and thus do not exist in Hungarian Roma history and the Roma
emancipation movement play a more important role in shaping our current reality, than
those which were realized.
We examine the natural history of non-existence through 18 excellent institutionconcepts
developed since 1959 by Roma and non-Roma intellectuals, scientific experts, civil
organizations and activists for the establishment of a Roma Museum.
Nine out of the
exhibited concepts can be connected to actual locations and buildings in Hungary, with a few
initiatives reaching the stage of scenery plans. The exhibited data sheets, buildings and
designs reveal a systematic structure of non-existence connecting multiple generations that
is both traumatic and illuminating.
Tamara Moyzes, contemporary artist visited the buildings and the locations of these
non-existing museums in order to conduct an artistic activity currently prohibited by
Hungarian law: to find objects (object trouvé, found objects) in garbage for artistic
appropriation. These illegal ready-made artworks referencing the locations are available for
sale at the exhibition.