Artistic Intervention

22.07 → 30.10.2022

Wheelchair Accessible, WC Available

National Library of Kosovo

Artistic Intervention – RomaMoMa Library with Farije Mehmeti

RomaMoMA Library, 2022, © Farija Mehmeti. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev
Roma Women, 2022, © Farija Mehmeti. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev
Roma Women, 2022, © Farija Mehmeti. Photo © Manifesta 14 Prishtina / Ivan Erofeev

The RomaMoMA Library was created in 2021 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the First World Romani Congress. It is dynamic and nomadic, engaging with local contexts wherever it travels.

Comprising some 150 books on contemporary Roma literary, artistic and cultural heritage, the library’s growing collection showcases this rich Roma legacy, while critically interrogating the violence and oppression against the Roma in Europe. For its sojourn at the National Library of Kosovo, the RomaMoMA Library is accompanied by Farija Mehmeti, an artist renowned for her vibrant portraits of Roma women.

In and beyond the community, women play a crucial role in fostering reproductive and mental health, and in passing down ancient knowledge on healing practices, spirituality, nature and the cosmos. Mehmeti’s subjects are inspired by everyday heroines, albeit often painted from her imagination.

Strong and self-assured, they honour the past while fixing their gaze resolutely towards the future. On this occasion, the library is activated through Adjacent, the mobile knowledge device conceived for RomaMoMA by artist Daniel Baker.

Works

RomaMoMA Library 

Installation: books 

Courtesy of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) 
Part of Manifesta 14 Prishtina – Western Balkans project 

RomaMoMA Library 
Farija Mehmeti
Untitled, Roma Women series 
2012-ongoing 

Watercolour on paper  

Courtesy of the artist  

Workshop

Learning to Write – A Physical Act – Yael Davids

23.07.2022 15.00-16.30
National Library of Kosovo

Performance

Document Missing: Performance no. 6 (Daughter) – Hristina Ivanoska

23.07.2022 21.00-21.45
National Library of Kosovo