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Studio Gallery

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.

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Ryszard Kisiel, archive photography, 1985-1986. Queer Archives Institute © Karol Radziszewski’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’s long-term research project Chosen Family.


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



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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

(More information soon)




Studio Gallery

The OFF-Biennale and the SYAA presenting:

Kick OFF: “What’s that thing anyway?”

Lecture of Niels Van Tomme, curator of Bucharest Biennale 7.

“What’s that thing anyway?”

In this talk Niels Van Tomme introduces curating as a practice that produces a critical visual awareness, which he relates to progressive notions of politics and culture. Mounting projects of various sizes and interests, his approach is resolutely interdisciplinary and oftentimes disrespectful towards previously established curatorial boundaries. As such, each exhibition or editorial project is a new way to experience a specific topic of which the outcome remains initially unknown. Special emphasis will be given to his curatorship of the Bucharest Biennale 7, for which he devised the theme ‘What are we building down there?’

Venue: Studio Gallery (H-1077 Budapest, Rottenbiller utca 35.)

Date: 7th of July (Thursday), 7 p.m.

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Studio Gallery
1077, Budapest, Rottenbiller u. 35.
Opening hours:
Tu, Th, Fri: 12am-6pm
We: 12am-8pm; Sat: 2-6pm