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Meeting: “The visual power of the Roma”

2023-02-16, 6:00 p.m.
Graphics with the name of the event.

16 February, 6 pm


Does visibleness and visibility mean the same thing? Visibility demands attention from the beholder. It is a form of protest against invisibility, silence, and oversight.


The relationship between visibility and perception is reflected in the saying: “they write about you as they see you.” And what if they do so inaccurately, against their intentions, hurtfully?


What kind of story do contemporary Roma artists tell us about themselves, and what narrative about the Roma has been written by our culture? How does the expressive, potent aesthetics of their work influence the construction of their image? How do they approach European tradition?


Images are never innocent, and they shape the forms of our memory. This ability of art to shape our imagination was discussed by Bogusław Deptuła, Dr. Emilia Kledzik, and Professor Maria Poprzęcka.




dr Emilia Kledzik

prof. Maria Poprzęcka



Bogusław Deptuła


Venue: The International Cultural Centre, Rynek Główny 25, “The Ravens” Hall


For those who were not able to come to the meeting, the event was streamed on the ICC Facebook page.


The meeting was interpreted into Polish Sign Lanuage.


The International Cultural Centre implements the grant project “Hear the ICC. Adjusting the institution infrastructure and programming to the needs of people with hearing disabilities”. It is financed by the PFRON project “Culture without barriers”.


Biographical notes:

dr Emilia Kledzik – assistant professor at the Laboratory of Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the Faculty of Polish and Classical Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Author of the book “W perspektywie poety. Cyganologia Jerzego Ficowskiego”" (in print). Head of postgraduate studies: Roma. Knowledge and institutional practices at AMU. Editor-in-chief of the comparative journal "Porównania". Research interests: Romology, postcolonial studies, and contemporary Polish literature.


prof. Maria Poprzęcka – professor of art history, long-time director of the Institute of Art History at the University of Warsaw, currently a professor at the Faculty of Artes Liberales of the University of Warsaw. Her extensive research interests cover 19th-century and contemporary art, art theory, and art criticism. She is the author of numerous books, among them: “Inne obrazy. Oko – widzenie – sztuka. Od Albertiego do Duchampa”, 2008 (Gdynia Literary Prize winner for essay, 2009); “Na oko”, 2015;“Impas. Opór, utrata, niemoc, sztuka”, 2019 (K. Wyka Award, 2021). Columnist of Dwutygodnik.com.


Bogusław Deptuła – art historian and critic, curator, art dealer, academic lecturer. Author of numerous publications in the field of art, literature, and cuisine. Reviewer for: “Tygodnik Powszechny”, the 2nd Polish Radio Channel, “Dwutygodnik”, participant of Nowy Tygodnik Kulturalny. In 2011-2013, editor-in-chief of the “Art&Business” monthly. In 2013, he published a book on the links between literature and cuisine, titled “Literatura od kuchni”. Currently, the editor-in-chief of the “Powidoki” magazine published by the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź.


Please be advised that during the event, photos may be taken for the purposes of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow (e.g. for documentation and posting information on the ICC website and on the ICC profiles on Facebook and Instagram). If you do not agree to this, please inform us in advance. Photos may contain images of people participating in the event. Lack of information provided in writing or orally to an ICC staff member before the event is tantamount to consent for the International Cultural Centre in Krakow to use the photos referred to above.


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