Mo Diener (EN)

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Mo Diener’s artistic practise is placed in the transdisciplinary conceptual field of critical art and theory. Her body of work appears as medial and performative interventions, spacial installations, video projects and actitivist performances. Mo’s interest focuses on blind spots in contemporary societies. With her transdisciplinary artistic practise she elaborates her body of work as parts of a “history in the present”. Her work is based on long years of research in civil, forensic and historical archives – and on encounters with members of the bigest transnational minority living in Europe – the Roma – and with the Yenish people in Switzerland. Mo was initiating 2013 the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv (RJSaK) on the occasion of Olga Stefan’s event “guess who’s coming to dinner”. Mo Diener is the artistic director of the collective.

RR Marki (EN)

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RR Marki is a Roma activist, graphic designer, radio maker and performance artist. He was born 1960 in Skopje, Mazedonien were he also grew up. 1979 he was working at Radio Bran and 1980 he started his studies at the Technical university in Skopje. RR Mariki emigrated 1985 to Switzerland, were he started in the 1990-ties to work artisticaly. 2013 He took diverse classes in graphic design at the school of media and design F + F in Zurich. He worked in Radio Lora Romanes, an independent Roma program of Radio Lora, a local radio station in Zurich. Since the Millenium he exhibited in diverse galleries and off-spaces in Switzerland: Zentrum Karl der Grosse, Zigeuner Kulturtage, Shedhalle amongst others and in in the Gallery Kallio in Finland. RR Marki is a foundation and board member of RJSaK.

Milena Petrovic (EN)

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Milena Petrovic was born 1967 in Jalovik, Serbia. She is an Austrian citizen. From 1994 to 1997 she was studying acting in Zurich. Since then she has worked on diverse projects for film and theater stage, among others in the Schauspielhaus Zurich and Maxim Theater Zurich. She was also engaged in Swiss Television SF1 but also independent film projects. She collaborated amongst others with film director Reto Gmür, Peter Palitsch and the stage director of Maxim Theater Jasmine Hoch. From 2010 till 2014 she was an active member of the Maxim Theater company. With their socio critical pieces the theater was touring on the Swissgerman theater stages. Milena Petrovic was playing in the well received pieces Kreis Fear, Schweizerpass Superstar, KissKill KillKiss and Spielt Gott Fussball?. She is part of the Roma Jam Session art Kollektiv since their beginning in 2013.

Guests and Organisations (EN)

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RJSaK works with guests, friends, acomplices and organisations. We had the opportunity to work several times with Sophie Wanda Pagliai, artist, theoretician, activist and friend based in Geneva swell as with the Serbian radio journalist and writer Violeta Aleksic based in Switzerland. Since 2016 we performed and developed work with the great Desirée Gnaba, artistic researcher in performance and dance. 2018 we started to collaborate with Maricruz Penaloza, curator and performance artist based in Zurich who invited us for 9th Performancereihe Neu – Oerlikon and participated in the intervention in September. We currently work with Reinhard Schmiedt, our graphic designer who is engaged with our upcoming publication.
2017 we have been part of the OnCurating Programm (ZHdK) De-Colonizing Art Institutions, a Symposium held in Art Museum Basel (online publication ). 2018 we were part of the First Roma Biennale Berlin with CHROMA – Detox Switzerland – Detox Europe, performative Intervention in public spaces in the center of Berlin. In Mai and September 2018 we engaged into the intersectional project “die grosse um_ordnung”, again with public performances in the streets and in the Art Museum Helmhaus Zurich. The opening performance Nothing about us without us of the exhibition refaire le monde * Proposition involved 14 performative bodies and 2 compositions played live (concept Mo Diener).

In the last years we had great support of institutions: “INES” (Institute of New Switzerland), “Society for Threatened People Switzerland”, RomArchive Berlin, ERIAC Berlin.
We are supported by City Council of Zurich and Bundesamt für Kultur (BAK).
Thank you all for participating, inviting and supporting our work.