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What might a contemporary artistic practice look like that expresses the sensitivities of Roma in Switzerland and in Europe, that unravels their history and sets the record straight on the erroneous assumptions that extend to the present, that examines them thoroughly and with a dash of fluxist humor, and that responds flexibly to actual developments in art and minority politics? Not all of the performances and actions conceived and shown by the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (RJSaK) in recent years fulfill each of these points, but RJSaK's work operates on all of these levels simultaneously. Morphing The Roma Label is a publication documenting a ten-year collaboration between the members of the collective and their accomplices, in this form of assemblage itself has become an art project that reevaluates and reflects on its work, and at the same time wants to be an aesthetic experience in its own right, activating, liquefying and dynamically performative.
Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (RJSaK) is the first art collective in Switzerland dedicating its activities to create new fresh images of the Roma people. RJSK was founded 2013 as an art and activist collective. Based in Zurich, the group works transdisciplinary with members from the arts, acting, music, choreography, design and theory and collaborates with guest experts and accomplices. Since its first intervention at a local art space, RJSaK has performed at Manifesta 11 Parallel Events in Zurich, Kunsthaus Zurich, Kustmuseum Basel, Shedhalle Zurich, Roma Pavilion at Venice Biennale and at Bukarest Biennale 2020. Apart from its public art performances, the collective workes with various NGO’s and was engaged between 2014 - 2018 in a working group at the federal office of culture BAK negociating and shaping the rights of Roma, Sinti and Yenish communities in Switzerland.
Mo Diener works transdisciplinarily and conceptually in the field of critical art and theory.
Mo Diener designs performative interventions, public performances and assemblages. 2009/10 she started research on her maternal ancestors (Roma/Sinti), which she continued in the context of her artistic research project Science, Fiction & Politics at The Bern School Of Arts (HKB), contribution to the publication Genetics as Social Practice, Transdisciplinary Views on Science and Culture by Barbara Prainsack, Silke Schicktanz, Gabriele Werner-Felmayer, Ashgate London 2014. In 2011 Mo Diener pursued her artistic research at the MA program of Fine Arts at ZHdK, of which she graduated in 2014. In the context of her thesis she founded together with RR Marki and Milena Petrovic the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv, which designated her as the artistic director.
RR Marki is a Roma artist and activist.
RR Marki investigates and exposes historical and socio-political topics of visibility of Roma art and culture in Europe. He was born in Skopje where he graduated from the Technical University. In Zurich he attended the F+F Art School and was active as radio presenter for Radio Lora Romanes in Romani Language. In 2011 he covered with Radio Lora Romanes the second Roma pavilion Call the Witness of Artistic Director Maria Hlavajova (initial idea and title by Curator Suzana Milevska), a Collateral Event of 54. Biennale di Venezia ILLUMInations curated by Bice Curiger. 2013 he co-founded the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv with artist Mo Diener and actress Milena Petrovic.
Milena Petrovic is a trained actress.
Milena Petrovic worked on various projects for film and theater stage at Schauspielhaus Zurich, Maxim Theater, Swiss Television and for independent
film projects. 2010–2014 she was a member of the Maxim Theater company, in the german part of Switzerland known for its socially critical plays. Milena Petrovic performed in the highly acclaimed plays Kreis Fear, Schweizerpass Superstar, KissKill KillKiss and Spielt Gott Fußball?