On Romani Contemporaneity: Rethinking the Malgorzata Mirga-Tas Exhibition in Seville

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Published May 24, 2024
Miguel Ángel Vargas


This essay delves into the representation and reclamation of Romani identity and experience in contemporary art, focusing on the work of Malgorzata Mirga-Tas, viewed from a Gitano point of view located in the South of Europe. Drawing on historical contexts and artistic movements, the essay examines the evolution of Romani portrayal in European art and the emergence of contemporary Romani art as a form of resistance and self-representation. Through an analysis of Mirga-Tas's artistic practice and its intersection with themes of coloniality, gender, and racialization, the essay explores how her work challenges dominant narratives and fosters a deeper understanding of Romani culture and history. Furthermore, the essay discusses the significance of Mirga-Tas's artistic interventions in reshaping perceptions of Romani identity and contributing to broader conversations about representation, power, and agency in the art world, including the cultural field of flamenco. Through a multidisciplinary approach encompassing art history, sociology, and cultural studies, this essay offers insights into the complexities of Romani contemporary art and its role in challenging entrenched stereotypes and advocating for social justice and recognition.

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Vargas, M. Ángel. (2024). On Romani Contemporaneity: Rethinking the Malgorzata Mirga-Tas Exhibition in Seville. Critical Romani Studies, 6(1). https://doi.org/10.29098/crs.v6i1.191
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Decolonisation, Feminist criticism, Flamenco, Gitanos, Minority Studies, Contemporary Romani art, Racism

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