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BALOGH/AMARO/LINE - exhibition at Gallery8

BALOGH/AMARO/LINE - exhibition at Gallery8

Feb 08, 2015 - Mar 06, 2015

Tibor Balogh was born in Fehérgyarmat, Hungary in 1975. He is the first Roma artist to have graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts.

Testifying to a full mastery of his art, Balogh’s diploma piece – a series of copper etchings– blends his childhood memories with scenes from a different chapter in his life: it shows fragments of the 8th district of the capital, which has the highest percentage of Roma population in the city, and which gave home to Balogh during his University years.  The most significant piece of this series is the Dance of the Old Roma Woman with the Angel, which was featured in several publications. After graduation, his first important appearance was in Műcsarnok’s exhibition, the Hidden Holocaust, in 2004. This was in fact the first occasion that Roma artists in Hungary entered the official sphere of contemporary art. 
Balogh was the graphic artist of the Amaro Drom Roma Magazine from 2007 until the closing down of the Amaro Drom Paper in 2010. In 2010 his billboard design entitled Hungipsy received 1st Prize at the Arc Poster Contest.
In April, 2013, after several years of working in remote isolation from the public, Tibor Balogh exhibited his large colourful canvasses for the International Roma Day. His paintings carry the same virtuosity that his graphics radiate, and at the same time suggest that the true visions of the artist unfold in the colourful and visionary ambience of oil painting. His canvasses combine elements of his personal memories, photo details, portraits and depictions of Roma figures with his naturalistic observations of the rural and urban environment. The exhibition entitledBalogh/Amaro/Line presents these secretly created and hidden paintings, together with the most outstanding graphics designed by the artist for the cover of Amaro Drom Magazine.


PERFORMING IDEALITY- exhibition at Gallery8

PERFORMING IDEALITY- exhibition at Gallery8

Dec 12, 2014 - Feb 06, 2015

Participants: Aurora, Gólya Community Place and Cooperative Pub, Kesztyűgyár - Rozi Csámpai Painting Workshop, School of Public Life, MICRO Magdolna, Pneuma Szöv. - Mókus Maxi, Uccu Roma Informal Educational Foundation

What do the Hungarian National Museum, a surprisingly charming bronze bearings shop and a Muslim women’s martial arts club have in common? The very neighborhood that inspired us to bring them all together under one roof in a contemporary art space: Budapest’s vibrant 8th district.

The aim of the collaborative exhibition is to offer a snapshot of the sociocultural topography of the once highly stigmatized area, and examine the district through the eyes of local civil society. An increasing number of community-based initiatives prove that the neighborhood has become a catalyst of sorts – a nexus for artists, social activists and determined volunteers alike, who in an effort to facilitate positive change in the area have directly or indirectly shaped the neighborhood’s hybrid identity. We view their enterprise as striving towards an “ideality” that is, in effect, “no longer lying dormant somewhere in the future, but is concretely acted out or taking place here and now with every human gesture.”[1] 

By introducing the work of our invited participants and collecting personal impressions of the neighborhood, the exhibited material not only contributes to a more tangible understanding of the district, it also wishes to engage local inhabitants, workers, artists and newcomers. Just as importantly, the unusual juxtaposition of works – featuring iconic streets and pressing social initiatives – all provide vivid imprints of the “here and now” in an otherwise rapidly changing district.The exhibition is also intended to pay tribute to local civil society actors and serve as a platform for further discourse. 

In the spirit of the holiday season – and as a friendly gesture to strengthen our newfound partnerships – we are organizing an exchange of symbolic gifts among those featured in the exhibition. The celebration will take place during the opening ceremony.


Illegal Oedipus: Sans Papiers- exhibition at Gallery8

Illegal Oedipus: Sans Papiers- exhibition at Gallery8

Nov 14, 2014 - Dec 09, 2014

Every year hundreds of thousands of persons are smuggled within the European Union’s borders for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude, forced begging and labour. Roma constitute approximately 80% of the total number of people who are smuggled from Hungary to Western Europe by cross-border criminal organizations.

Sans Papiers is an interactive installation that recreates for the participant the experience of being smuggled at the border area of a country like Hungary. With motion detection technology, the body of the participant is scanned and as she moves around the room, she faces the virtual representation of herself moving inside the truck that is projected on the wall, and can interact with the projection. The experience renders the sense of illegal border crossing, entrapment, and the practice of smuggling perceptible for the audience.

Based in Budapest, Illegal Oedipus is an art collective consisting of videographers, computer programmers and performers who design interactive art installations that aim to engage audiences on contemporary social issues such as human smuggling, and social and economic inequality. Combining motion detecting technology with traditional stage design, the installations of the group strive to integrate the visitor into a challenging experience that invites reflection. Illegal Oedipus members are Babak Arzani, Catalin Buzoianu, Peyman Fallahian, Ahmad Moradi, Aiski Ryokas and Behrooz Torki.

The exhibition was opened by Mr. Michael Simmons, a veteran figure of the U.S. civil rights movements and the organizer of the Szentendre exchange.


Outside Insiders, Workshop Series, Malmö, Moderna Museet

Outside Insiders, Workshop Series, Malmö, Moderna Museet

 ERCF contributed to the Worhop Series organized with the aim of decolonization of  Roma arts, culture and life at Moderna Museet Malmö between October and December 2014.


ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF's Keynote Speech at the Igaor Zabel Award Ceremony, November 6, 2014

ERCF congratulates to the winners of the Igor Zabel Award 2014: Ekaterina Degot, Karel Cisar, Miklavz Komelj, Kirill Medvedev!

http://www.erstestiftung.org/…/igor-zabel-award-for-cultur…/



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