Collecting, curating and presenting Roma culture

About the symposium

November 30, 2017
Goethe-Institut, Panenská 33, Bratislava

What is the current topography of Roma collections in Europe, and how do Slovak cultural initiatives and artists’ strategies contribute to it? Which institutions preserve and present the cultural heritage of the Roma today? What is the ethical and effective strategy of collecting information, objects, and cultural artifacts of the Roma? How can Roma archives be collected and curated timely, accurately and constructively? How can Roma artifacts, art and history be presented without exoticism of outdated ethnographic museum exhibitions?

These are the questions at the core of Collecting, curating and presenting Roma symposium. Representatives of diverse institutions, researchers, art critics, Roma intellectuals, and artists – together with the audience examined questions mentioned above and their relevance in the current mainstream Slovak discourse. The invited experts had an extensive experience in methods for working sensitively and productively with Roma cultural memory, with knowledge production by Roma, and with battling the challenges connected to digitalization in museums, collections and archives.

Papers presented at the symposium are available online:


Conference took place in parallel with the exhibition Nadikhuno muzeumos – Neviditeľné múzeum, opening on 29.11. at 6pm

10:00 – 12:30 – Block 1: Challenges of material museum collections, contemporary Roma art

Adriana Daneková– representative of Museum of Roma Culture in Slovakia, Slovak National Museum
Agnes Horváthová – cultural worker, who organized online archives in the early 2000s
Emília Rigová – artist, co-edited an issue of ENTER magazine on Roma art

13:30 – 16:00 – Block 2: Work of the archives and the memory

Tímea Junghaus – visual arts curator, digital archives and the production of knowledge
Erika Godlová – representative of Roma Documentation Centre, digitalizing lively Roma culture in the library environment
Kateřina Sidiropulu Janků – sociologist, author of „Memory of Roma Workers“ project (Leperiben)


The event is held under the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Slovak Republic Marek Maďarič and the Plenipotentiary of the Government of the Slovak Republic for Roma Communities Ábel Ravasz.

The symposium is a collaborative event of the Goethe Institute Bratislava,, RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma, and Spolka. The supporter is Visual Art Section.