Ever since the earliest days, people migrating to look for work have been part of urban life. Depending on the prevalent social and housing policies, the city provides accommodation for its new residents or leaves them to their own devices to develop their own urban lifestyle. A few succeed in climbing the social ladder. Some informally established city quarters are legalised and upgraded, while others remain shantytowns and an open point of contact for immigrants and seasonal workers. Rädle and Jeremić take the example of Rome’s Roma population, turned out of the city and accommodated in shipping containers in ghettos monitored by security forces, to examine the initial forms of a minimised market-oriented social welfare for a European lower class denied the right to urbanity. The work on show combines the results of previous research and documentation on the forced migration of Roma refugees fleeing war and poverty from the urban spaces of Belgrade and Helsinki, and offers thoughts on possible solutions on how to house migrant workers.
Belleville, 22', Belgrade, 2009
A video about the protests of Roma families after the violent eviction from their houses due to the erection of a new residential quarter for the Universiade sports manifestation in April 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia.
The Housing Agenda, 28', Helsinki, 2012
Public figures, politicians and scientists were invted to a so-called staged debate on the possibility of building a trans-urban network of “migrant hotels” in larger European cities, intended for Roma and other precarious migrant workers as well as a series of suggestions for establishment of uniform principles for local housing solutions, which would become reality in Helsinki and Europe.
The Housing Question, 11', Rome, 2013
An animation, combines drawings, images of the Rome city space and statements of three characters that lived in the past in the collection camp Marzahn near Berlin or are still living in the segregated containers settlements in Rome.
Rena Rädle & Vladan Jeremić are a Belgrade-based artists, cultural and political workers making interventions and installations that combine documentary video, photography and drawing. They have been collaborating together since 2002. The political economy of city and social struggles in the context of production of urban space are in the focus of their research. Their projects Under the Bridge, The Housing Agenda, On Use Value of Art, Belleville and Gazela support movements of Roma precarious workers and migrant workers in Europe in order to consolidate potentialities for social transformation. Their recent exhibitions include: Self Made Urbanism Rome, NGBK, Berlin; Places of memory – Fields of vision, Contemporary Art Center of Thessaloniki; O2, Red House, Sofia; Absolute Democracy, Rotor, Graz; Oktobar XXX, 15th Pančevo Biennial, Serbia; The Housing Agenda, Cable Factory Gallery, Helsinki and La maison Folie Wazemmes, Lille; Moving Forwards, Counting Backwards, MUAC, Mexico City. Jeremić & Rädle were initiators of the project Call the Witness – 2nd Roma Pavilion at the 54th Venice Biennial and are co-authors of artworks within the collective Chto Delat? Their artworks are in the collection of the Thessaloniki State Museum of Contemporary Art, MUDAM, Luxemburg, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid.
Kunstakademiet i Trondheim
Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU)