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30 May 2016 - 16 Jun 2016


The exhibition entitled Archetype Pra-Bari, which presents the works of Slovak author Emílie Rigová, will be on display in the Czech Centre Prague from May 31 to June18, 2016.



The exhibition “The Pre-Bari Archetype” (Archetyp Pra-Bari) presents the life story of Bári Raklóri, who is a sort of alter ego of the visual artist Emílie Rigová. The exhibit is like a story in which the artist includes various elements from her life and the environment in which she lives and then presents them to the public even as in some places she is intentionally secretive. She accumulates these elements, alternating erasing and overlapping them until she ultimately returns to her primal origin, her primal state, to PRE-BARI.  

By creating her "BÁRI RAKLORI" brand, Emília Rigová clearly declared what her approach to the question of the coexistence of the majority society and the Romani minority would be. She based this nickname on the Romani word used to address her during her childhood -  Bari /Big – and then added raklóri / daughter of non-Romani parents. Raklóri was the term used by her forebears to express their gladness when they saw their children nicely dressed and groomed. Through this she demonstrates the synergetic thinking of her forebears, who did not consider non-Romani people the enemy, but lived together with them and understood them. For that reason, it is not possible to discuss the works presented here as just “Romani art”. 

Emília Rigová (born 1980) is Slovak multimedia artist who in 2011 received a doctorate from the Academy of Arts in the studio of Sculpture and Applied Media in Banska Bystrica and currently she teaches here at the University of Matěj Belo. University in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia. She is dedicated to performance and to sculpture as a medium that she further processes through graphic design and video.  The main themes of her works are cultural or social stereotypes, dreams, the opportunity to choose an alter eog, Romani identity, and shadows. She has exhibited in Austria (Linz), the Czech Republic, Germany (Dresden), Montenegro, Poland (Cracow) and Slovakia as well as other Central European cities. She currently lives and works between Banská Bystrica, Trnava and Zvolen.



The exhibition is held within the accompanying program of Roma the festival KHAMORO, which is the largest and most famous professional Roma festival in the world. The festival, which has been organized by the NGO Slovo 21 in Prague since 1999, regularly organizes unique Roma band concerts consisting of groups from all over the world, as well as putting on exhibitions, film events, dance workshops, specialized seminars and conferences. Nearly 140 000 people from both the Czech Republic and abroad have attended the Khamoro festival in recent years. The foundation of the festival is without a doubt Roma music, which represents an important part of the world's cultural heritage. More about this year's festival you can find on its official website.




From: 30 May 2016
To: 16 Jun 2016


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