An exhibition of work by artists Ellen Rothenberg and Delia Popa made in response to a cultural exchange with Roma women and children living in a village in rural Transylvania. The exhibition, curated by Anca Mihulet with participation by anthropologist Oana Burcea and The Astra National Museum Complex, was presented at the Contemporary Galleries of The Brukenthal National Museum in Sibiu, Romania with the support of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
"This sculptural work stretches across the gallery, encircling the pillar at its architectural center before slicing back through the space at eye level. Referencing both the traditional hair braiding of women and girls of the Cotorari Roma, the sculpture underlines it’s gendered presence through the textile itself, a fabric commonly used for women’s skirts. The scale of the work and it’s commanding presence in the social space of the ‘contemporary’ gallery – a site for new ideas - imagines future possibilities of greater agency for traditional women without the surrender of their unique identities to the dominant culture."
"portrait: Marica’s house"
"The carefully articulated interior spaces of Marica’s home feature multiple systems of organization, display, and embellishment. There is a layering of iconography - personal, decorative, and religious, the use of color, the careful stacking of objects, and collection of textiles spoke directly to my own organizing methodologies in play in the studio. At once I recognized a woman’s hand and eye at work in the carefully orchestrated composition of her environment."