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We Roma

A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art


  • What can we learn from the political struggles of historically marginalized communities?
  • Roma and non-Roma artists, theorists, writers and activists on the potential of art to imagine the world differently

Editors: Daniel Baker, Maria Hlavajova
Contributors: Albert Atkin, Huub van Baar, Damian James le Bas & Delaine le Bas, Zygmunt Bauman, Ethel Brooks, Ágnes Daróczi, Tony Gatlif & Cécile Kovacshazy with Alex Lykidis, Ian Hancock, Sanja Iveković, Tímea Junghaus, Bonaventure Soh Bejeng, Ndikung & Regina Römhild, Salman Rushdie, Mike Sell
Design: Kummer & Herrman
Series: BAK Critical Reader Series

2013, Valiz with BAK | supported by City Council, Utrecht, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science | paperback | 286 pp. | 16,5 x 11 cm (h x w) | English | ISBN 978-90-78088-78-3

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We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art inquires into the contemporary moment through Roma knowledges as they resonate within artistic and intellectual practices today. In our current moment the so-called West’s misconceptions about progress are under pressure, and transformative shifts in politics, society, aesthetics, and economics are taking place. The book’s starting point is that we can better understand this situation by learning from the commonalities among the variety of political struggles within historically marginalized communities such as Roma in Europe. With the emblematic claim in the artistic imaginary 'we Roma', implicating within it society at large, how can we invoke the possibility of a different world and alternative futures? Artists, theorists, writers, and activists—both Roma and non-Roma—speculate on such questions and the possibility of art to imagine the world otherwise.