CEIJA STOJKA

30.1 – 18.4 2021

Ceija Stojka (1933–2013) was a Romani artist and author. Stojka was born 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. Stojka survived the concentration camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbrück and Bergen-Belsen, but not until forty years after being released did she begin to translate her experiences into words and pictures. Her books and paintings are some of the very first testimonies of Porajmos, the name of the Holocaust used by Roma people. 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 graphic magazines, drawings and paintings. The exhibition is a collaboration with the Roma Information and Knowledge Center (RIKC) in Malmö.

Ohne Titel – Untitled, Zurück /Back : Wien-Auschwitz – Vienna-Auschwitz, Undated, Acrylic on cardboard 50 x 70 cm. Hojda and Nuna Stojka collection, Wien/Vienna. Photo © Matthias Reichelt. 

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