Prize Winner: Tímea Junghaus

Tímea Junghaus is a curator and the first historian for Roma art in Hungary. She was awarded the KAIROS Award for the great personal commitment with which she, as a cultural activist, has always managed and still manages to find opportunities to unlock the contemporary visual art of the European Roma beyond existing stereotypes. At the same time, she thereby enhances public awareness of the contributions of the Roma to cultural diversity in Europe.

Since 2005, Tímea Junghaus has been the head of the Roma Cultural Participation Project, hosted by the Open Society Institute in Budapest. She curated the first transnational Roma pavilion, ‘Paradise Lost’, at the 52nd Biennale in Venice. For this pavilion she arranged works by sixteen European artists which covered the whole spectrum of contemporary art forms: painting, video, installation, sculpture, and print art. In 2013 she founded Gallery8 for contemporary Roma art in Budapest.

The prize-giving ceremony took place in the Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg on 10 February 2008.