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Gypsy Kings (Cigany Vagyok) Exhibition – Budapest, Touring Exhibition Hungary, Paris

 

This was the original call for participants in the project which went out all over Hungary through social media channels, NGO’s, radio and word of mouth. It led to a lot of debate and I would still like to show it in other places in Europe.

“GYPSY KINGS photography experiment

I’m looking for models for an exhibition of twelve portraits of Roma which draw inspiration from famous paintings of old masters.

Apart from producing aesthetically satisfying images, my wish is to examine the tension which a person experiences when struggling to choose a role for himself/herself when majority society in its need to feel secure in the presence of stable archetypes (always stronger in the case of political and economic instability) subtly undermines any attempt to break free of seemingly inevitable destiny.

I hope that people whose imagination has been stimulated by the description will come forward.

I will meet them in a group and show some pictures of old masters which I like as inspiration and they will be invited to say which role they would like to play and be free to suggest roles of their own.

I intend to record interviews with all the subjects where they will be asked to say why they chose to be photographed playing a particular role and they will be questioned on their aspirations and asked if they feel that being Roma has any bearing on their destinies.

The project is open to anyone who is Roma.

If you are interested, please send an email saying something about yourself and send a photograph to this email address: terri@potoczna.com

This is an art experiment, there is no money involved.”

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Judit Geller writes about Gypsykings in Art Portal Magazine

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Decade of Roma Inclusion

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Eszter Herskovits article in political affairs magazine 168 ora online about “Gypsykings”

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Cigany Vagyok (Gyspy Kings) Exhibition

MTV (Hungarian National Television) interview about the exhibition, together with one of the participants.  Fanni Trendl is a student researching Romology.  She had selected “The Lady in Purple” which is one of the most famous and important portraits for Hungarians.

ATV interview (Hungarian Commerial TV Network).  Interview with another participant – Nikolett Suha a young roma lawyer.  True to her profession, she gave a measured and articulate opinion.

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Alexa Csizmadia’s review of “Kurvavilag” exhibition on Art Portal

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People pretending to be on the ‘phone using various personally selected objects 2004

 

This exhibition was first held at Finnagora, Finnish cultural institute in Budapest in October 2004 and then transferred to the Matav (Hungarian Telecom) Gallery for a month (January 2005) after being used as the backdrop to the company’s annual launch at the Operetta Theatre.  I was also interviewed by Hungarian TV about the work.

All people were street cast and asked to pretend to be on the telephone with the object of their choice.

 

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Review of People Pretending to be on the ‘Phone …. in Nok Lapja online

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