PLACE WITH NO NAME

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In the series Nomads, Valérie Leray shows photographs of (non-)places whose past is revealed only by the photographic act which breaks through the emptiness of their today's presence. On the basis of her own family history, anthropometric material and historical documents, Valérie Leray follows the traces of internment camps for Roma during World War II.

In this way the photographs themselves turn into traces: they are documents that close the gaps of the individual and collective memory and whose aesthetic presence points out the absence of an appropriate critical discussion of the history of the Romani people in Europe.

Thanks to this aesthetic power, the series can be considered as a contribution to an actual political debate in Germany, France and other parts of Europe; in the context of this debate the Romani people risks to be once more instrumentalised, this time in the increasing national and regional identity anxieties and a constant feeling of crisis.

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ADDITIONAL TEXTS

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PROJECT ROAD MAP

Images du Pôle, Lumen, Réputés Nomades, Orleans, 2008
Art 21, N°15, Dec2007/Jan 2008, Réputés Nomades, Art. de Rémy Argensson
Portraits de famille, collective exhibition, Utile ignorance, 2009
Nomades, solo exhibition, CERCIL, Orleans, 2013
Eigen.Bild, collective exhibition, EMOP, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin,
2014
Stopping places, collective exhibition, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2014
Transmetting trauma ? Gallery8 ( Bu) and Gallery Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2015
Ort ohne Namen, solo exhibition, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2015
Akathe Te Beschen, Galerie Kai Dikhas / 59 rue Rivoli, Paris, 2016
Frei Sein, Schloss Heildelberg (De), 2016
Frei Sein, collective exhibition, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2017
Akathe Te Beschen, collective exhibition, El Centro Centro, Madrid, 2017
Akathe Te Beschen, collective exhibition, Prague, 2017
Akathe Te Beschen, collective exhibition, Grenada, 2017

My Art is my reality, group exhibition, MMSU, Croatia, 2018

My Art is my reality, group exhibition, MNSV, Serbia, 2019

Éditions of Place With No Name, Galerie kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2019

FUTUROMA, curator : Daniel Baker, commissioned by ERIAC, 58th of Biennale di Venezia


Lectures/Artist talks
Untaken Photography* Ariella Azoulay, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2015
Zur Situation der Manouche in Frankreich, Bildvotrag at Stiftung Lagrenne, Berlin, 2015
Spaces and Memories of Roms in France, Second World War , Ort ohne Namen, Photography
Erinern-Kontroverse, Agentur für Bildung - Geschichte, Politik und Medien, Berlin
Construct and Reality, European Month of Photography, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin, 2015


Fundings
Aide individuelle à la création, Drac centre
Aide à la production, Région Centre
ACSE culture
Soutien à la création, ville d'Orléans


Collection
1% artistique, Lycée Voltaire, Orléans, purchase photographs by Region Centre
Private collection, Galerie Kai Dikhas, Berlin

 

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