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2009-08-08 23:29:06
Second Roma/Gypsy Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennale 2011:
Call for Proposals

Deadline for submissions: 14 September, 2009

Arts and Culture Network Program
Open Society Institute Budapest
H ­ 1051 Budapest, Oktober 6. Utca 12
Tel +36 1 3273100
Fax + 36 1 3273121

The Arts and Culture Network Program of the Open Society Institute (OSI)
invites project proposals for the Second Roma/Gypsy Pavilion to be realized
within the framework of the 54th International Art Exhibition ­ Venice
Biennale 2011.

Building upon the successful and challenging exhibition and auxiliary
projects of the First Roma Pavilion at the 2007 Venice Biennale curated by
Timea Junghaus and entitled "Paradise Lost," and in recognition of the
dynamic grassroots activities representing Roma/Gypsy art within the
framework of the 2009 Venice Biennale currently on view, OSI offers a
platform through which this energy and contemporary Roma/Gypsy artistic
practices can be carried on and further developed within the international
context of the next Venice Biennale (2011).

OSI envisions the Second Roma/Gypsy Pavilion as a critical and polemical
undertaking that explores the vibrant potential of contemporary Roma/Gypsy
art to contribute significantly to the artistic, cultural, intellectual, and
political imaginaries of the contemporary world. Issues that to a great
extent define our contemporaneity such as the relationship of the nation and
the national, mobility and migration, and majority and minority groups, as
well as possible responses to the demands of globalization such as a new
forms of solidarity and the notion of imagined communities, are intrinsic to
the work of contemporary Roma/Gypsy artists through their cultures and lived
experience, past and present, just as they are to the work of other artists
on the margins of our current artistic and political condition. The Second
Roma/Gypsy Pavilion offers the possibility of engaging artistically with the
world in the framework of these issues, but also, and perhaps more
importantly, moving further towards imagining it otherwise. As such, it is
clear that the notion of "Roma art" or "Gypsy art" needs to be approached
critically to ensure a balance between artistic visions and the pragmatics
of political emancipation. Both represent crucial challenges with which the
project must engage.

Project Proposals and Procedure:

Project proposals must include a curatorial vision for the project (max. 1
page), brief outline of the organizational framework, timetable for project
development and realization, brief description of the financial plan, and
curriculum vitae and/or profile of the collective or art institution making
the proposal. Curators and/or project organizers (preferably connected to an
(art) organization or institution with the production capacity to adopt and
realize the project), curatorial collectives, and/or art institutions are
eligible to apply. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to no later than 14 September, 2009.

The Arts and Culture Sub-Board of OSI, together with a panel of
international experts will select a maximum of five proposals to be further
elaborated in detail. Applicants will be notified at the latest by 25
September 2009. Selected finalists will have three weeks to develop their
proposals further. The deadline for submitting second-round detailed project
proposals is 15 October, 2009. The final decision will be announced by 30
October, 2009.

For more information please contact: Andrea Csanadi, Senior Program Manager,
Arts and Culture Network Program, OSI Budapest at

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