Tímea Junghaus is an art historian and contemporary art curator of Roma/Sinti origin. She is the founding director of the European Roma Cultural Foundation, an independent foundation that established Gallery8 – Roma Contemporary Art Space in Budapest, Hungary. Gallery8 won the 2014 Katalizátor Award and in the same year the Otto Pankok Prize of the Stiftung zugunsten des Romavolks [Foundation for the Benefit of the Romani People], set up by German writer and literary Nobel laureate Günter Grass.
Since 2010, Junghaus has been a research fellow at the Institute for Art History of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She is author and co-editor of the comprehensive publication on European Roma visual art Meet Your Neighbours – Contemporary Roma Art from Europe (published by OSI, 2006) and executive director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC).
In recognition of her curatorial work – such as setting up János Balázs Gallery in Budapest (2004) and holding exhibitions there, the Roma component of the exhibition The Hidden Holocaust at the Budapest Kunsthalle (2004) and the First Roma Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Contemporary Art Biennial (2007) – Junghaus received the KAIROS Prize from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S. in 2008.
Tímea Junghaus is currently completing her PhD in cultural theory at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. In 2010 she joined the research group Vocabulary of Decoloniality and Research on Insurgent Genealogies at the Institute for Art Theory and Cultural Studies of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.
Her recent curatorial work includes The Romani Elders and their Public Intervention for the Unfinished Memorial to the Sinti and Roma Murdered Under the National Socialist Regime in the context of the 7th Berlin Biennale (2012), Superwomen – Roma Women Artists from Central Europe (2013) and Roma Body Politics I–III (2014/15).
Recent publications include ‘Europas Unerfülltes Versprechen’ [Europe’s Unfulfilled Promise] in Das schwarze Wasser (Berlin: Edition Braus, 2012) and ‘The “Unpredictable” European Outcast’, in Utopia of Alliances: Conditions of Impossibilities and the Vocabulary of Decoloniality (Vienna: Löcker Wissenschaft, 2013).