Our Heart Is a Foreign Country

Friendship as an alternative in a normal world


Opening performance and party: 16 June 2016, 7PM – midnight

Concept: Csaba Molnár & Viktor Szeri, Participants: Emese Cuhorka, Csaba Molnár, Viktor Szeri, Julcsi Vavra, Music: keleman


Curated by Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós

Exhibiting artists:
Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Elmgreen & Dragset, J. G. Jones & Bruce LaBruce, Rodolf Hervé, Tamás Király, pr group, Karol Radziszewski, Andi Schmied, Lilla Szász, Ryan Trecartin, Jana Želibská


On view until: 30 July, 2016

Opening hours: Tues, Thurs, Fri: 12-6PM, Wed: 12-8PM, Sat: 2-6PM

Venue: FKSE Studio Gallery, 1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller u. 35.

karol radziszewski_press release

Ryszard Kisiel, archive photography, 1985-1986. Queer Archives Institute © Karol Radziszewski

tranzit.hu’s international group exhibition Our Heart Is a Foreign Country presents the intimate field of play that unfolds in friendships; a place where can depart from the expectations, ideals and norms of society, and can really be ourselves.

The exhibition gives a peek into the mysterious universe of role shifts and mischief that lies beyond the normative spheres of political control, the law, the church, and the family that responsible for passing on cultural patterns. At the same time, it points to the liberating power of this versatile and personalized mode of human connection in a culture where modes of experiencing love and intimacy are determined by moral codes, institutionalized rituals and the legal framework of marriage. The exhibition also investigates the potential for social critique that lies within friendship as a form of connection that is pure and exists for itself, and in which participants are equal and aid each other in the process of self-realization.

Our Heart Is a Foreign Country asks the question of whether friendship can be a way of life and the basis for a queer politics beyond identity categories and gender roles. Through this, friendship emerges as an alternative to the heteronormative social structures that enforce unequal power relations.


The exhibition is realized as part of tranzit.hu’s long-term research project Chosen Family.


ATTENTION! Some of the works of art are sexually explicit, parental guidance is advised.


More: http://hu.tranzit.org/en//0/2016-06-16/our-heart-is-a-foreign-country

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/239372706441367/


Related events in English:

1 July, 4PM: Guided tour in English

1 July, 6PM: “From Butler’s Kinship to Family Queer”

performance lecture by Christiane Erharter

8-9, July: public presentation and workshop by Anetta Mona Chişa

(More information soon)

28 July, 6PM: Karol Radziszewski: “Kisieland” (2012)

screening of the film and artist talk with Karol Radziszewski about Central Eastern European queer art practices


-…így “queer-elem” a kultúrát, a trójai faló stratégiájával. Flóra GADÓ’s interview with Karol Radziszewskivel. 2016.08.09. tranzitblog

-A szívünk egy másik ország – interview with Gyulával MUSKOVICS and Andrea SOÓS, curators of the show. 2016.07.30 artmagazin online

-Fidelio Kultúrpercek 07. 21. – Szívünk egy másik ország Link

-A szívünk egy másik ország. 2016.07.25. Kultúrpart

-Orsolya BAJUSZ – Dalma FERÓ: Barátság a határon. „A szívünk egy másik ország”, kiállításkritika. 2016.07.11. Kettős Mérce

-Klubrádió (emission of Júlia VÁRADI). 2016.07.11. Link (3. perctől)

-Máté PÁLOS: Alföldi Róbert a Pride-on: „Ez a valódi nemzeti konzultáció”. 2016. 07.01. Magyar Narancs

-Alföldi: „választható legyen, hogy az ember hogyan él és kit szeret”. 2016. 07.01.  hvg.hu

– Emese SÜVECZ: Eszképizmus, vagy ellenszegülés? Műértő 2016. July-August