Opening: 10th April 2018, 8 p.m.

Opening performance by Kinga Tóth, writer, performer

Resident DJ: Planetmälcolm

During the process of becoming an independent artist, students of art may study a skull for days, or a stretching vertical muscle of the neck for weeks. Indeed, students of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts can map out the system of viscera after careful observation at the Department of Pathology, where they attend for four semesters. Students of Graphic Arts at the University carry out similar exercises to medical students during their anatomy course. Through the creation of detailed drawings, artists seek to understand the natural order of the skeletal system, the colour tones of the flesh and the state of internal organs distorted by malady. There is little space for individual expression at this stage of learning, they must focus on creating objective representations of what they see. The acquired skill and knowledge may never be used directly, but might be utilised in the creation of various forms of art, such as a quick sketch, therapeutic drawing or producing a self-analysing film.

During the creation of artworks dealing with the body, the various body image dysfunctions and the illnesses, physical and psychological deformations emerging occasionally as complications, applying the knowledge of anatomy would be apposite. All artworks presented in the BODIES exhibition deal with body image dysfunctions. However, the young artists do not analyse the presented phenomena through the objective representation of their chosen subject. The starting point of their creations was their experience of their own body, thus their works are characterised by a certain “subjective anatomy”. Physical and mental states that are hard to represent, like anxiety, disgust or shame are made perceptible by means of highlighting, magnification, exaggeration, repetition and cumulation. The exhibited works are diverse. We may consider them being self-analysis and reflections on historical representations of the body in art, merciless self-confessions, imprints of self-therapies, attempts to self-healing.
What unites them, is their ability to put the viewer at ease, and foster a respectful public discourse about issues related to our bodies that are hard to discuss, such as illness, healing, ugliness, beauty, weight and guilt.

Flóra Aranyi, János Borsos, Barbara Mihályi, Zsombor Pólya, Zsuzsanna Simon, József Sós, Dominika Trapp, Dorottya Vékony

Emese Mucsi, Zsuzsanna Simon

Special thanks to
Flóra Aranyi, Anna Baróthy (S39), Bea Istvánkó (ISBN könyv+galéria), Kinga Lendeczki, Virág Lődi, György Orbán, Luca Petrányi, Soma Pongor, Zoltán Pólos, Júlia Salamon, Balázs Varju Tóth

Image: Barbara Mihályi: My Invisible Disease, 2017, film still