CEIJA STOJKA

30.1 – 18.4 2021

Ceija Stojka (1933–2013) was a Romani artist and author. Stojka was born in Styria in Austria, where her Traveller family depended on trade. Following the Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria, her family, like other Roma, was persecuted, arrested and sent to concentration camps. She was just under 10 years old when she arrived at Auschwitz.

Stojka survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, but not until forty years after the liberation in 1945 did she begin to translate her experiences into words and pictures. Her books and paintings are some of the very first testimonies of what happened to the Roma people under the Holocaust. During her lifetime, Stojka produced around a thousand works depicting the time before, and after the entry of the Nazis into Austria. Malmö Konsthall shows a selection of her drawings and paintings. Curators: Noëlig Le Roux and Xavier Marchand.

The exhibition is done in collaboration with Ceija Stojka International Fund and in dialogue with the Roma Information and Knowledge Center (RIKC) in Malmö.

Ceija Stojka, Untitled, 1995, Acrylic on cardboard, 69,5 x 99 cm, Collection Antoine de Galbert, Paris ©Célia Pernot.

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