2009/10, HD 16:9, 16 min, colour, stereo, engl. subtitles
Workshop leader: Antonello Casalini

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"Romanes entstand nach einem Videoworkshop mit jugendlichen Roma und Sinti in einem Roma-Camp am Stadtrand Roms, in dem die Jugendlichen sich selbst zu ihrem Leben und Wünschen vor dem Hintergrund einer durch Ausgrenzung bestimmten gesellschaftlichen Position befragten." (Geri Weber)

„We live in a shit camp.“
Rom, Roma, Romania, Romana

The Self-Made Urbanism research project took Via Casilina in Rome as the axis for exploring the metropolis out to the edge of the city.
Between Pasolini’s former Accattone Bar, where small-time criminals used to meet in the early 1960s, to the self-built district of Borghesiana, built by immigrants, stretches the main axis of the informal self-built town. In-between lay the now cleared major Roma settlement Casilino 900, to which we unfortunately did not gain access due to the continuing threat posed by the police. Instead, we were invited by several Roma families to join them for a barbecue next to their huts on the motorway leading to the sea.
The portacabin camp of Villaggio Attrezzato, controlled by two armed guards, is situated not far from Casilino 900, the location of the images for Annja Krautgasser’s video and art project Romanes. This camp is clearly not a self-built emergency settlement but a state-imposed coercive measure.
The short film Romanes is the product of the 270 minutes of footage shot during a workshop where the young residents of the camp interview one another before the running camera, which they also operate themselves. They receive and give themselves a voice, a face and body. The girl Romana describes a reality where her hobby means leaving the camp, where an unachieved “normality” outside the surveillance is waiting, with a house, a car, and a family, as Vesna expresses it.
“We are all Italians,” says a voice behind the camera, but Romana does not see it like that as a Roma born in Rome. Her place—the place for the Romanas, the Roma, the Romanians, or refugees from the civil war in ex-Yugoslavia—is on the remnants of land between the highways and bridges, the motorways and access routes.
In another publication, I wrote about the now evacuated Gazela Roma settlement that links Europe with Asia, and is named after the motorway bridge in Novi Beograd. Except for what must be one thousand occupants in over two hundred dwellings, hardly anybody comes here unless something needs selling, to quickly dump refuse, beat people up, or to throw Molotov cocktails.
“We” visit amicably. The camera captures and consolidates its own position. The question remains open as to whether anybody will grasp this. And what are “we” doing there, with our eyes, cameras, and bodies? When “we” visit doesn’t it only confirm the “them”?
The short pan to a mast where video cameras point in all directions is a shock. The Roman Roma camp is permanently under surveil-lance; the state has an uninterrupted stream of images of this place. The cameras look down, so continuously creating the “other.” What remains are HD video cameras that were given to the youths when the workshop was over.
(Jochen Becker)

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Giants and Mosquitoes
Salzburger Kunstverein - Ausstellungskabinett
5. Mai – 10. Juli 2011

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Photo: Andrew Phelps

Annja Krautgasser zeigt in ihrer Ausstellung „Giants and Moscitos“ dokumentarische Einblicke in das Leben der politisch wie gesellschaftlich stark ausgegrenzten Minderheit der Roma in Italien. Zwei Videoinstallationen porträtieren Roma-Jugendliche aus dem Roma-Camp „Villaggio Attrezzato“ am Stadtrand Roms, deren Alltag sich zwischen dem Wunsch nach Normalität und der Suche nach ihrem Platz in der Gesellschaft bewegt. Für den Betrachter stellt sich die Frage von Realität und Fiktion und der damit verbundenen Gratwanderung zwischen vorgegebenen Rollenmodellen und Vorurteilen.

Strukturen der Ausgrenzung und Disziplinierung
Complesso Monumentale di San Michele a Ripa, Rom
06. - 28.11.2009

A project by the Institute of Art History, University of Innsbruck
Curated by Christoph Bertsch und Silvia Höller

Participants: Ingmar Alge, Angelo Aligia, Matthew Barney, Gottfried Bechtold, Fatima Bornemissza,Tania Bruguera, Lucilla Catania, Thomas Feuerstein, FLATZ, Rainer Ganahl, Morto da Goffezza, Morto da Goffezza Il Giovane, Marcel Hiller, Zenita Komad, Jannis Kounellis, Annja Krautgasser, Maria Kristof, Carla Mattii, Yves Netzhammer, Giuseppe Penone, Pietro Perrone, Alfredo Pirri, Platino, Christine Prantauer, Cloti Ricciardi, Daniel Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Heidrun Sandbichler, Eva Schlegel, Gregor Schneider, Esther Stocker, Milica Tomic, Christoph Wachter & Mathias Jud, Lois Weinberger, Margret Wibmer, Ingrid Wildi, Yoonsook

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© Exhibition view: Cella, Complesso Monumentale, Rome, 2009. Photo: Martin Vandory

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Cella, Complesso Monumentale, Rom/Rome, I 2009 • Giants and Mosquitoes, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, A 2011

Visions du Réel – Festival International du Cinéma Documentaire, Nyon, CH 2010 • VIS Vienna Independent Shorts, Wien/Vienna, A 2010 • dokumentART – Europäisches Dokumentarfilmfestival, D-Neubrandenburg und PL-Szczecin, 2010 • Int. Short Film Festival, Uppsala, S 2010 • Int. Film Festival, Cork, IRL 2010 • Youki – Internationales Jugend Medien Festival, Wels, A 2010 • IDFA - Internationales Dokumentarfilm Festival Amsterdam, Amsterdam, NL 2010 • Wand 5 – 24. Filmwinter, Stuttgart, D 2010 • Glasgow Short Film Festival, Glasgow, GB 2010 • One World Romania documentary film festival, Bukarest, RO 2010 • International Documentary Film Festival, Iowa City, USA 2011 • LIDF – London Internationale Documentary Festival, London, GB 2011 • This Human World Festival, Wien/Vienna, A 2011


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