Friday, April 11, 2008

Beograd Gazela -- Travel Guide to a Slum

Beograd Gazela Newsletter

We are pleased to inform you about the release of the German edition of Beograd Gazela -- Travel Guide to a Slum, published by Drava. In the course of the spring, further editions in Romani (likewise with Drava), Serbian (with the Belgrade publisher Rende) and in English will follow.

Beograd Gazela -- Reiseführer in eine Elendssiedlung
Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann, Can Gülcü

Pbk. 224 pages
Price: EURO 19.80; CHF 35.90
DRAVA 2008. ISBN: 978-3-85435-533-5

Although there are a great many slums throughout Europe, hardly anyone ever asks how they come into being, how life within them transpires, and what impact such a location has on the day to day life of its residents. One particularly striking example of such a settlement lies under the highway bridge Gazela in Belgrade: tens of thousands pass it daily; nevertheless there is hardly any reliable information about the settlement and the people -- the vast majority of whom are Roma -- who are forced to live there.

Beograd Gazela -- Travel Guide to a Slum focuses attention on a place which is paradigmatic for the recent history of Roma in Southeastern Europe. The book provides essential information about the social and economic structures of this slum and exposes the complex mechanisms of marginalization and discrimination against its inhabitants. In addition, the individual chapters are accompanied by a discussion which deals with the Travel Guide’s origin as well as questions that were still open even after the completion of the typescript.

March 28 to May 31, 2008
rotor, Graz
Participation in the exhibition
"Land of Human Rights: At the limits of the Thinkable"

April 11, 2008, 7 p.m.
Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich
Book presentation

April 16, 2008, 8 p.m.
rotor, Graz
Book presentation and subsequent panel discussion

April 17, 2008, 7 p.m.
Kunstraum Lakeside, Klagenfurt/Celovec
Book presentation and subsequent discussion

April 25, 2008, 7 p.m.
Depot, Vienna
Book presentation and subsequent panel discussion with Mirjam Karoly (political scientist) and Elke Krasny (cultural theoretician),

moderated by Katharina Morawek (art mediator, editor)

May 23 to June 21, 2008
Bucharest Biennale 3
Participation in the exhibition, book presentation and panel discussion

Lorenz Aggermann, Eduard Freudmann, Can Gülcü

tel.: +43/650/537 30 50

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