Diaspora Europa: The Day I am Free. The Story of Katarina Taikon

Berlin, 29 Mrz 2020, 19.00 - 22.00

Mit Expert*innen, Künstler*innen und Aktivist*innen sprechen Tímea Junghaus, Leiterin des European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture, und Journalistin Shelly Kupferberg in der Veranstaltungsreihe Diaspora Europa über die Geschichte und Gegenwart der jüdischen Gemeinschaft und der Gemeinschaft der Sinti und Roma.

Film und Diskurs in englischer Sprache.

Katarina Taikon has been compared to Martin Luther King. Born in 1932, she was a Swedish Roma civil rights activist and author of the famous children’s books series “Katitzi”. Through her work, Taikon came to change the course of Swedish history. The documentary film “Taikon” paints a dramatic and vivid portrait of one of the most important advocates of human rights in 20th century Europe, set against the backdrop of the developing Swedish welfare state. The film, directed by Gellert Tamas and Lawen Mohtadi, is based on Mohtadi’s acclaimed biography of Katarina Taikon, “The Day I Will Be Free” (Natur & Kultur, 2012).

The film screening of “Taikon” will be followed by a panel discussion about the life, legacy and movement generated by Katarina Taikon, with guests: Lawen Mohtadi, journalist and writer, Maria Lind, curator, moderated by Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka, deputy director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).

Lawen Mohtadi is a writer, editor and documentary filmmaker. She has worked for numerous Swedish media outlets and has been an editor of several culgtural journals, including the feminist magazine “Bang”. She is the author of the biography of Katarina Taikon, “The Day I am Free”. When first published in 2012, the book gained critical acclaim and won 4 awards. Along with Gellert Tamas she is the co-director and co-writer of the 2015 documentary “Taikon – the Untold Story of a Roma Freedom Fighter”, which is based on her biography. Mohtadi is currently a senior editor at Natur&Kultur publishing house.

Maria Lind is a curator, writer, and educator based in Stockholm and Berlin. From 2011 to 2018 she was the director of Tensta konsthall in Stockholm. In addition, she has served as artistic director of the 11th Gwangju Biennale, director of the graduate program at the Centre for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and as director of IASPIS in Stockholm. She has taught widely since the early 100s, including as a professor of artistic research at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts. She is the 2009 recipient of the Walter Hopps Awards for Curatorial Achievement. Recently, she curated the exhibition “Katitzi – a Literary Character Rooted in Reality” at the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) in Berlin.

Dr. Anna Mirga-Kruszelnicka is an anthropologist and Roma activist, born in 1985 in Cracow/Poland. She earned her Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) in 2016. She holds an MA in European Integration from UAB and an MA in Comparative Studies of Civilizations from the Jagiellonian University in Cracow (UJ). She is the author of policy evaluations, reports, and articles, and is the co-editor of the book Education for Remembrance of the Roma Genocide: Scholarship, Commemoration and the Role of Youth (Libron, 2015). She has been an employee, member, founder, and collaborator of numerous Roma organizations in Poland and Spain. From 2008 to 2012 she was the European project coordinator at the Federation of Roma Associations in Catalonia (FAGIC). From 2013 to 2015 she was an Open Society Foundations Roma Initiatives Fellow, conducting a comparative study of the Roma associative movements in various countries of Latin America and Europe. From 2015 to 2017 she was the coordinator and curator of the Academic Section (aka. Roma Civil Rights Movement Section) in the RomArchive – Digital Archive of the Roma. Between 2017-2018 she was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow of the Romani Studies Program at the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest.

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil der Reihe Diaspora Europa, die vom Europäischen Roma Institut für Kunst und Kultur (ERIAC) und der Volksbühne Berlin anlässlich des 75. Jahrestags des Endes des Zweiten Weltkrieges organisiert wird. Die Veranstaltungsreihe versammelt jüdische und Roma/Sinti Communities, um die poetologischen und politischen Dimensionen der Diaspora-Zugehörigkeit im heutigen Europa zu erforschen.

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Letzte Aktualisierung 14 Feb 2020, 13.21