We cordially invite you to an online discussion with Robert Gabris, who in the spring of 2021 participated in a two-month residency within the KAIR program in Košice. During his stay, he met through a dating app with representatives of Roma queer and non-binary minority, which is systematically excluded within the majority society, but also in the environment of his own families in the Roma settlements from which this group comes. These personal meetings and interviews became the starting material for the creation of a joint project called ERROR / Roma Corporeality and their non-binary spaces, which the author reworked into a visual installation in the Moravian Gallery as one of the winners of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award *.
The aim of Robert Gabris’s discussion with Petra Housková will not only be to present the process and the work itself, but the interview will focus on issues related to ERROR and its impact on cooperation with arts institutions, future strategies and alliance search in reliable institutions.
Robert Gabris (1986, Hnúšťa, SK) studied scenography at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and continued his master’s studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. He works within the medium of drawing, which often extends into installation and performance. In his predominantly autobiographical work, the theme of identity politics often appears. He is interested in excluded groups or queer corporeality in confrontation with the norms and boundaries of the majority of society. For the author, experimental drawing is a form of resistance to racism and various forms of (social) exclusion. He has exhibited individually and in group exhibitions in Austria, Latvia, Germany, France, Canada, Slovakia, Hungary and Sweden, and has actively participated in residencies in Italy, China, Sweden and Poland. In 2021, he became one of the winners of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award and won the jury recognition award at STRABAG Artaward International.
* The exhibition of the Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2021 in the Moravian Gallery in Brno is open to the public until 30 January 2022.
The residency program is supported using public funding by Slovak Arts Council. Slovak Arts Council is the main partner if the project.