SHOTS OF THE OUTSKIRTS


– AN ART CAPITAL EXHIBITION –

 

Similarly to several of her previous exhibitions, Anna Szigethy’s work entitled Shots of the Outskirts investigates the relationship between the built environment and human beings. It focuses on featureless places, where nature is supplanted by human intervention, and space is determined by function. The powerful horizontal representation turns the photo into a landscape. The attitude of people to this landscape – their desire to travel, spend time there, experience and discover it, walk there and leave it – seems to be uninterpretable.

Yet the hall, the fence, the car park, the platform, the block of warehouses and impersonal public squares get a new meaning. Due to the collage of shots resembling a film reel, the distant temporal and spatial moments necessarily make up a story in time, the narrative of which is determined by the dynamics and relationships of the appearing human figures. The images dominated by the built environment also evoke monotony and permanence by aligning recurring and hardly changing scenes.

Zsófia Júlia Szilágyi

 

“The work is based on a series of photos taken in another place close to my heart: I returned to Ile-de-France, where I took my first series presenting empty no places. As opposed to the built environment, my point of view had changed a lot: I was not only interested in deterrent, dull, stereotypical city squares that can be found in the outskirts of every city in which we can get lost, but also the people appearing in the cities, their gestures and intimacy. The objective focused on people living, going through and roaming in cities, women, men and families, observing them from a certain distance.

[…] Human beings and occasionally intimacy appear in thus far startling (inhumane and uninhabited) spaces, which definitely turns the black & white, sometimes sinister, homeless or mysterious photos humane.

Anna Szigethy

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ALMOST OBJECTS


–  ART CAPITAL EXHIBITION –

 

Artists: Teodora AXENTE, BERSZÁN Zsolt, BETUKER István, Anca BODEA, Răzvan BOTIŞ, Radu COMŞA, GÁSPÁR Szilárd, Mihai IEPURE-GORSKI, Dan MĂCIUCĂ, Irina MĂGUREAN, Vlad NANCĂ, Sorin NEAMŢU, Vlad OLARIU

 

The exhibition showcases the latest works from artists who are connected to the contemporary art scene of Cluj, and, within that, primarily to the Paintbrush Factory (a home for independent cultural institutions), by either renting one of its studios or being represented by a gallery there. The selection of works – also by the younger generation of artists – featured at the Almost Objects exhibition follows a concept that, on the one hand, touches on some thematic questions regarding objects and object concepts within the genre of painting and sculpture, and, on the other, engages the social and medium-related problems of object art, text art and – the often performatively-based – concept art. The title of the exhibition – inspired by the works of Sorin Neamţu – bears reference to the relativity of (object) definition. The objects, sculptures and reliefs thematize the object culture of the past and present, in some cases presenting themselves as archeological artefacts, found objects or simulacra of objects.

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STAYS BETWEEN US


–  ART CAPITAL EXHIBITION –

 

Laconic, intimate photos, expression attempts. Viola Fátyol carries out self-searching photo analysis in a context that is given and unavoidable for all of us: in the inexhaustible heritage of unbreakable family ties written in our faces.

The 30-year old artist searches for her place in her own family, evokes and relives memories in her play consisting of clear-cut images, breaking away from real relationships and personal experiences, thus creating general symbolism.

Her photos do not narrate, but rather portray. They do not tell a story, but visualise. Any discussion about her works is nothing more than mere chatter.

 

PROGRAMS:

Opening
03 Szeptember 2016 (15:00)
Csilla CSORBA, director of the Petőfi Literary Museum

Educational Workshop for Childen
04 Szeptember  2016 (10:00–12:00 )

Guided Tours
08. 2016. Október (15:00)
Lajos BOROS, music editor, presenter

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WASTED TIME


Artists: Marina ABRAMOVIĆ, BAK Imre, BERSZÁN Zsolt, BUKTA Imre, Jelena BULAJIĆ, Radu COMŞA, Eija-Liisa AHTILA, EL-HASSAN Róza, ERDÉLY Miklós, FAJGERNÉ DUDÁS Andrea, FARKAS Ádám, FEHÉR László, Andreas FOGARASI, HEGEDŰS 2 László, KIS RÓKA Csaba, Peter KOGLER, KORONCZI Endre, Anna KOTT, LOVAS Ilona, Peter MATTHEWS, Vera MOLNAR, Jonathan MONK, NAGY Kriszta, Sorin NEAMTU, NÉMETH Ágnes, REIGL Judit, Katharina ROTERS, Florin STEFAN, Victor SYDORENKO, SZIRTES János, SZOLNOKI József, SZŰCS Attila, VÁRNAI Gyula, VERES Szabolcs, BILL Viola

 

Time is an essential subject of our culture. The philosophical treatises on metaphysical and vulgar time written over the past two millennia could fi ll a library, just as the nature of temporality has been an abiding interest of science throughout its history. As for art, it has both refl ected on this search and represented the prevailing experience of time, which itself changed from age to age. Since human life unfolds in time, one’s personal experience of time takes the form of subjective modes that vary throughout the diff erent ages of a lifetime—while each generation, as well as each historical period, has its own distinct, pervasive time. The exhibition called Wasted Time concerns itself with our contemporary experience of time.

The display features new works by some thirty artists, including American and Western European creators, with the majority hailing from the Carpathian Basin (Hungary, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine). Several of the exhibits have been made specifically for this exhibition.

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