The exhibition series aims to introduce the young Budapest art scene, and map some key issues and positions which concern the artists. Although the common point in the three exhibiting artists is that they are connected to the Hungarian capital, they are all commuting between the country and abroad . Hence the exhibited series and installations would not only let you know what’s going on in Budapest, but give you a glimpse of São Paulo, Berlin, and Jing Jin City. The personal and subtle drawings of Sári Ember, the unusual way how Dominika Trapp and the T+U collective reacts to social phenomena, or Andi Schmied’s urban discoveries and storytelling will fill the Galerie Klubovna’s space this autumn.
2.9. – 24.9.
Sári Ember – Em Casa
vernissage: 2.9. 6PM
26.9. – 29.9.
Dominika Trapp & T+U – I’ve fallen and I can’t get up
vernissage: 26.9. 6PM
2.10. – 20.10
Andi Schmied – Jing Jin City
vernissage: 2.10. 6PM
curator: Anna Juhász
This project is being supported by the city of Brno.
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2.9. – 24.9. Sári Ember: Em casa (vernissage: 2.9. 6PM)
SÁRI EMBER (1985, São Paulo) grew up in Budapest, currently she is living and working between São Paulo and Budapest. She studied photography at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in Budapest, and “Laboratory of Movement Studies” at the École du Théâtre Jaques Lecoq in Paris.
Sári Ember spent the last two years in São Paulo, staying as a guest in the house of her parent’s friend Alinka, a Hungarian immigrant of 1956. She had the unique opportunity to take part in the life of a house – which is not her natural home – for such a long time, and observe it from inside. In her series Em casa (At home) she captured the everydays of the house and portrayed its objects and components, reflecting the changing system and own universe of this particular home, though the single depicted objects could be elements of many other households as well. This ink-drawn inventory of the Hungarian-Brazilian house evokes family memories and reveals the added value of apparently worthless things, posing the question: what was passed down to us, and what is going to remain after us.
26.9. – 29.9. Dominika Trapp & T+U: Greying Europe (vernissage: 26.9. 6PM)
DOMINIKA TRAPP was born in 1988 in Budapest. She lives in Berlin, and works in Berlin and Budapest. She studied painting at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, Budapest.
Her paintings, drawings and collages are moving between abstract forms, doodling, and fragmented narratives resulting in some kind of personal mythology or socio-fantasy. Recently she has also been doing research based installations and actions related to food and eating, ranging from deep-fried everything till edible Viacolor bricks and experiments with fermented poems and vegetables. She is one of the founding members of the artist collective Csakoda, a group of young artists organizing travelling exhibitions in community centers in the countryside.
T+U (Technologie und das Unheimliche) is a publishing project and cross-disciplinary movement based in Berlin, Budapest, and Leipzig. It was initiated by Mark Fridvalszki, Zsolt Miklósvölgyi and Márió Z. Nemes in 2014. T+U aims to encompass the cultural phenomena that result from the confrontation between conditio humana and technology by thematic issues and related projects.
While the archetypal ideal human being of neoliberal consensus is mainly characterized by notions connected to the aimed idea of „youth”, such as vitality, potency, dynamism and mobility, this is less and less connected to the real demographic tendencies of ageing Western welfare societies. However, it seems that the market of life forms/feelings, milieu, trends and auras – generated in various subsystems of digital culture – doesn’t really reacts to this transition. Thus the exhibition wishes to examine the aesthetic dimensions of this problem by entering the world of professions, services and institutions developed around the elderly.
2.10. – 20.10 Andi Schmied: Jin Jing City (vernissage: 2.10. 6PM)
ANDI SCHMIED was born in 1986 in Budapest, she lives and works in Budapest. She studied at UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture in London, and spatial concerns infuse her work, which incorporates video, photography, installation and sculpture. Her interest in psychogeography and urbanism is manifested in many of her projects.
JING JIN CITY
Andi Schmied’s Jing Jin City comprises photographs and installations of Jing Jin, a luxurious city situated about an hour’s drive from Beijing, that remains largely unoccupied since construction began in 1998. The city is home to a development of 3,000 luxury villas, alongside a huge hotel, an 18-hole golf course, an artificial lake and horse-racing tracks. The houses are very slowly being sold meanwhile potential buyers are put off by the idea of starting a dream life in a permanent construction site. The villas exist in various stages of incompletion, ranging from concrete shells with unfinished interiors to rendered façades with landscaped gardens. It is not a ghost town, but has a life of its own. The city is kept in order by a small army of gardeners and guards who also make up most of the city’s permanent population. Their activities/The activities of gardeners and guards/ maintain the illusion that the city is functioning as planned. This entirely fabricated landscape, forms part of an initiative by the local district government, which envisioned Jing Jin as a “new city” built to embody ideals of environmental sustainability as well as material comfort. The exhibition will be accompanied by a self-published artist book about the project, made in collaboration with London-based artist Lawrence Lek.
Interview with the curator:
Project was supported by The City of Brno