Programs

Exhibition

08.06 - 26.09

Collectively Carried Out

BTM - Budapest History Museum ()

Tamás Péli

Anna Lujza Szász; Eszter György; Teri Szűcs
Titled Birth, Tamás Péli’s enormous piece is a work of art of unparalleled significance in many respects. Painted on fibreboard, the panel painting of nearly 41 square metres was completed in 1983 by Tamás Péli with the contribution of his disciples – including István Szentandrássy. Birth was made on the Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County Council’s commission and it was installed on the wall of the refectory of the children’s home in the Andrássy mansion of Tiszadob, also known as the City of Children. When the mansion was reconstructed into a hotel in 2011, the panneau was removed and hauled in four pieces to the András Jósa Museum in Nyíregyháza. It was stored in the museum’s corridor, covered – safe, but unseen.
​The hive as an architectural object was born out of the relationship between the beekeeper and the bees. Similarly to architecture, the hive connects those living within and around it. Over time, hives have gradually ceased to replicate the form of tree cavities that originally served as the natural habitat of bees, and have increasingly transformed into contraptions serving the comfort of humans. The balance has thus broken: instead of bees, now humans are the determining factor. Due to the stress caused by the changing of the hives, monoculturalism, and toxic pesticides, bees have become more vulnerable to diseases and parasites. As a consequence, they live in complete dependency on humans, as they have no time or energy to solve their own problems. Modern metropolitan life with its constricted living spaces and disconnection from nature gives rise to a similar crisis for humans. The problem of isolation has increased exponentially over the past year.

Exhibition

04.05 - 29.05

! - Omara Occupies the Sound-Space

Kesztyűgyár Közösségi Ház (Mátyás tér 15, 1084 Budapest)

Mara Oláh (Omara)

Andrea Pócsik
Mara Oláh (alias Omara, 1945–2020) was one of the most influential, internationally acknowledged Hungarian Roma painters. Her art addressed decisive events that determined her own life: she painted scenes from her life and summarized her thoughts and feelings in messages inscribed onto the image surface. The linking of the figurative and the narrative, coupled with the raw, poster candour of her works, resulted in a unique contemporary language that Omara used to unravel the social reality of her descent and womanhood beyond dealing with her own destiny.
The poem “A Breath of Air!” by Attila József was written in November 1935. Apparently, it was a time of peace and plenty: Europe—and Hungary—had overcome the crisis of the Great Depression; the order was restored. But what kind of order was it that the poet “didn’t dream of”? The research and exhibition project presents the political and social context of the poem through archival materials, while contemporary artworks offer its possible 21st-century reading.
​MENU imaginaire focuses on the future of alimentation: artists, designers, and philosophers raise questions regarding the most pressing problems of food systems. Our lifestyle and consumption habits have a significant impact on the natural environment—the presented works and the speculative hypotheses set forth by them examine the impact of human activity on the environment through the topic of eating.
​In a former laundry shop in Budapest's city centre the artistic team of NEWS MEDLEY presents two new video works created in collaboration with the Women’s Choir of Kartal as part of their exhibition for the OFF-Biennale.

Exhibition

23.04 - 16.05

Anxiety of the Roma Artist

Roma Parlament (1084 Budapest, Tavaszmező utca 6.)

Norbert Oláh

Norbert Oláh builds a large brick wall in front of the former building of the Roma Parliament. The bricks have clearly legible words on them, representing concepts and perceptions that are ingrained and instilled into us. These comprise the wall of anxiety.

Exhibition

23.04 - 30.05

Transperiphery Movement

Fészek Művészklub, Galéria és Herman-terem (1073 Budapest, Kertész u. 36.)

Clemente Padín; György Galántai; Judit Flóra Schuller; Katrin Winkler ; Manthia Diawara; Mónica de Miranda; Naeem Mohaiemen

Eszter Szakács; Zoltán Ginelli
Can Hungarian settlers in Latin America, Cuban migrant workers in Hungary, and Afro-Asian students in Eastern Europe have a common history? Is there a shared colonial history of Eastern Europe and the Global South? The exhibition looks at the historical relationships and parallels between the global periphery (Global South) and semiperiphery (Eastern Europe) in the 20th century through the concepts of coloniality, peripherality, and migration.

Exhibition

23.04 - 30.05

EVERYDAY SHORTCOMINGS

2B Gallery (1092 Budapest, Ráday utca 47.)

Barnabás Neogrády-Kiss; Diána Berecz; Dániel Bozzai; Gergely Papp; Éva Bubla

We reach home, turn the light and the heating on. We use hot water to take a shower and wash our clothes and dishes. We take such things for granted. But what about those who are not given access to these basic utilities and services in Hungary? How do these shortages shape their lives and perspectives? Focusing on a specific segregated setting, with the active involvement of local communities, the project Everyday Shortcomings maps the existing living conditions arising from the lack of public services and exposure to harmful environmental factors, while highlighting the local responses to the given situation.

Exhibition

23.04 - 30.05

Allegories of an Automated Present

Óbuda Gasworks – Electrical Centre / Graphisoft Park (Graphisoft Park 1031 Budapest, Gázgyár u. )

Vladan Joler

Lívia Nolasco-Rózsás
Whether we are talking about the meteorological phenomenon or the infrastructure of information technology, the formation processes of clouds are influenced by air humidity and atmospheric pressure. For the first type of cloud the connection is straightforward, while for the second type the palpable network holding up the elusive structure is only partially dependent on terrestrial conditions such as the climate.

Exhibition

23.04 - 28.05

Revolutionparabotany

ISBN books + gallery (1084 Budapest, Víg uca 2.)

Igor & Ivan Buharov

Borbála Szalai; Márió Nemes Z.
Are plants capable of eliciting social change or inciting spiritual civil disobedience by wielding strange unknown forces?
​Can we grasp the planetary ecological crisis through local issues? What kind of knowledge can an ecological network researcher, an environmental psychologist and an artist formulate together, which can help us understand our present and our possible future? These are the types of questions posed by the Agency for Climate Imaginary! (ACLIM!), founded by the xtro realm artist group. The Agency houses research-based artistic projects and transdisciplinary theoretical inquiries dealing with the most burning ecological questions.