23.04- 31.05

Send a sign from below

Venue: Knoll Gallery
1061 Budapest, Liszt Ferenc tér 10. http://budapest.knollgalerie.at

How does Hungarian society, the artistic community in particular, react to the increasingly unilateral communication in public life? The exhibition at Knoll Gallery presents artistic pracices reflecting on the communicative situations emerging in recent years, struggles take place in the sphere of private and public languages.

It is refreshing to see the emergence of alternative forms and sign systems appear in both everyday practice and artists’ activities; beside the formative capacity of communication we see the emancipatory potentials of attention, irony and humour as a result of experimental documentation or artwork interpreted as proposals. The relationship of languages, codes and minorities has a defining role in several of the works.

Reacting to the law stipulating the primacy of the Slovakian language, Ágnes Eperjesi followed local traditions when organising a wedding in Komarno. Except that the registry OFFicer married two dictionaries.

Hilda Kozári’s work refers to the relationship between dialogue and emancipation, the role of public discourse: she displays the Braille trascription of the word “vita”, meaning argumentative dialogue in Hungarian and life in Latin.

The bunker architecture of Paul Horn showcases the hierarchical nature of public speech: the stiffening of concrete is analoguous to how texts stiffen into dogmas.

Barbara Ipsics uses a sign language developed by women in similar circumstances, which seeks to convey the new emotional contact between a young girl and her partner who has got into jail.