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29 Apr 2021

International Guest Artists 2021: L'uboš Kotlar and Norbert Oláh
a cooperation between the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) and Villa Romana, Florence

Villa Romana and ERIAC are pleased to announce the winners of their joint artist-in-residency programme for 2021, following a successful collaboration in 2020.

The European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) has joined forces with the Villa Romana residency programme to offer two residencies to contemporary artists of Roma heritage. This exciting initiative draws upon the ground-breaking work, expertise, and vision of both institutions to realise a unique opportunity for Roma artists and marks a significant step in recognition of the importance of Roma contemporary art practice today. Through this cooperation, Villa Romana and ERIAC offer each artist a guest room in the Villa Romana for a period of two months. ERIAC and Villa Romana received eleven eligible applications.

The jury meeting took place online via the Zoom platform on 09 April 2021 with the presence of:

Daniel Baker, artist, curator of FUTUROMA at Biennale Arte Venezia 2019
Timea Junghaus, curator, art historian, Executive Director of ERIAC
Maria Lind, curator, writer, educator, Cultural Counsellor at the Embassy of Sweden in Moscow
Angelika Stepken, curator, author, Director of Villa Romana

The jury established the rationale that the decision on the residency awardees is based upon the following criteria:

The chosen artists can at this stage of their artistic carrier benefit best from the residency in Florence.
They submitted portfolios that demonstrate outstanding and mature artistic oeuvres.
They apply current, timely and relevant research methodologies.
They have a solid commitment to further enhancement in technique.

Their application suggests a capacity for development of their artistic expression.

The jury made the following decision:
The jury decided unanimously that the two residencies in 2021 shall go to L'uboš Kotlár and Norbert Oláh.

L'ubos Kotlár, born 1991 in Slovakia, studied Photography and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem and the Aalto School of Art Design and Architecture in Helsinki (2012 – 2018). Since 2012 he has had several solo shows in Slovakia and also worked as a curator. In 2018 he was awarded the Grand Prix by the Biennial of Theatre Photography in Slovakia.



Norbert Olha, born 1990, studied at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts (2010 - 2016) and completed one year with Erasmus program at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa. Since 2015 he has received several awards and scholarships and had exhibitions in Hungary and Austria. His recent artistic work focusses on a kind of painterly cartography of one of Budapest's quickly changing urban districts, where he also lives and works.


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