1.11. – 6.12. 2017
Pillars of Home*
Participating artists: Csilla Klenyánszki, Jakub Šimčik, Lilla Szász
The exhibition takes as its starting point the notion of home and the sense of belonging to somewhere. The artists explore how this notion has changed in today’s world of forced or voluntarily travelling and of “nomad” lifestyle and they present different strategies about how to regain and even rethink the meaning of home. The works shed light on the various attitudes a person can develop to transform an unknown place into something homely, familiar and ask where we can find shelter. The question arises: can we still talk about the notion of home in its original, idealistic meaning? Or – in the constant flux we live – it doesn’t even exist any more, but our life is more about the process of a constant search for it?
These themes become visible through the artists’ investigations about the history of their family, the decisions of the parents which effected them and the importance or negligence of family roots in relation to one’s identity. The exhibition starts from Central-Eastern Europe as presenting artists from the region in a Czech gallery, but through the different stories and positions it takes a wider geographical span, from Sweden to Vietnam, linking the notion of immigration and working abroad – both in times before and after the fall of the Iron Curtain – to the exhibition.
The participating artists all share an interest in the above mentioned questions, but their investigations are not nostalgic or idealistic but rather critical examinations of their family and identity from the point of view of the present.
Curator: Flóra Gadó
*the title of the exhibition is borrowed from Csilla Klenyánszki’s series.
Csilla Klenyánszki (1986, Vác, Hungary) studied Dutch Language and Literature & Communication Science at the Karoli Gaspar University, Budapest and then Photography at the Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam. In 2016 she received the Stipendium Program for Emerging Artist by Mondriaan Fonds. She took part in several group and solo exhibitions, for example in Trapéz Gallery (Budapest), RAM Gallery (Rotterdam) and the Museum Het Valkhof (Nijmegen). She is represented by Trapéz Gallery (HU) and she lives and works in Amsterdam.
Jakub Šimčík (1984, Ostrava, Czech Republic) studied Fine Art Photography and Intermedia at the Academy of Fine Arts, Leipzig. In 2017 he was invited to a residency program in Dům Umění, Brno. Šimčik took part in several group and solo exhibitions, for example in the Moscow Biennale (2011), Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst (Leipzig), Neuer Sächsischer Kunstverein (Dresden) and Galerie G99 (Brno). He lives and works in Leipzig.
Lilla Szász (1977, Budapest, Hungary) studied Aesthetics, Russian language and Literature at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest and Photography at Kontakt and Szellemkép Photography School. In 2010-2011 she received the Eötvös Grant Scholarship to study and work in ICP, New York. She took part in several group and solo exhibitions, for example in Photo Espana (Madrid), Neue Berliner Kunstverein (Berlin), The National Museum in Warsaw and Paris Art Fair. She is represented by Inda Gallery (HU) and she lives and works in Budapest.
Flóra Gadó (1989, Budapest, Hungary) is a freelance curator, art critic and Ph.D. student. She graduated in 2015 from Eötvös Loránd University with an MA in Art Theory. Currently, she is enrolled in the faculty’s Ph.D. program in Film, Media and Cultural Theory. She curated several exhibitions in Hungary and in the region, for example in Studio Gallery and 2B Gallery (Budapest), Tabacka Gallery (Kosice) and in the framework of the OFF-Biennale Budapest both in 2015 and 2017. In 2017 she received a curatorial residency in MeetFactory, Prauge. She lives ad works in Budapest.
Project was supported by The City of Brno