Berlin/Venice, May 14th 2019 German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened the Roma exhibition FUTUROMA, an official Collateral Event of the 58. La Biennale di Venezia, highlighting the significance of the Roma minority for example for a united Europe. In his opening speech the Minister emphasised:
“The Roma arts and culture gives me hope for the Europe of the future. Their culture is part of our European DNA. For centuries they created human links between the countries of Europe. Roma have never been tied by national borders. And at a time when nationalism is on the rise this is more precious than ever.”
FUTUROMA, commissioned by ERIAC (European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture) and curated by Daniel Baker, shows a few of the best up to date visible artists of the European Roma group. In occasions of rising nationalism, the weakening of the EU and the rise of anti-gypsyism, FUTUROMA units a counterpoint by exhibiting creativity, solidarity and joint id as an integrative energy of the largest European minority.
While FUTUROMA marks the third time Romani artists are offered in the Biennale Arte, it’s the first time the initiative is led by Roma themselves. The Transnational, multilingual and multireligious Roma group of over 12 million throughout Europe doesn’t match into the narratives of the nationwide pavilions. Romani arts to this point remained invisible to the majority audiences. FUTUROMA thus units a powerful sign in striving for a everlasting presence at the world’s most prestigious up to date arts occasion.
FUTUROMA: till November 24th in Venice, Fondamenta Zattere Allo Spirito Santo, 417.