Ongoing h/Histories

Exhibiting artists:

Eszter BIRÓ, Sári EMBER, Marcell ESTERHÁZY, Olívia KOVÁCS,


Judit Flóra SCHULLER, Andrea STULTIENS (NL), Pauline TONGLET (BE)


Organizers: Anna Ádám, Flóra Gadó, Judit Flóra Schuller


Related events: Gergő Dávid Farkas (contemporary dancer) Zoltán Grecsó (contemporary dancer, choreographer), Brigitta Muladi (curator, art-historian), Péter Valcz (actor, director)


Opening: 9 March, 2016, 7pm

Opening speech by György Bánki, psychiatrist

Finissage: 25 March, 2016, 7pm, “Over 18 years only”

Performance event with more then 30 participants (performance, dance, theater, music)


The exhibition Ongoing h/Histories – similar to the exhibition entitled “Our Holocaust”, which also took place at the Studio Gallery – investigates how young artists, representatives of the third generation, approach certain eras and episodes of the history of the 20th century. Among other things, the exhibition searches for answers to the following questions: Why is the method of processing and reflecting to the inherited past so relevant among young artists? Through what kind of artistic strategies does this occur and what are the artists’ role in it? Which episodes are too near in history to be discussed, and which are too distant to relate to? Where does history end and our personal experiences begin Is it relevant to talk about a general, collective experience of this generation?

At this point, the exhibition is based on postmemory, the frequently quoted term coined by Marianne Hirsch. Postmemory suggests generations without direct experience of collective and personal traumas, remembering these instead by studying oral history and images that carry the traces of the original events. The artists remember the events secondarily and indirectly, but this does not mean that they distance themselves from the events. Many of the art pieces are characterized by a strong connection to family stories, personal motivation and the emphasis on the subjective aspect of history. Meanwhile we can see examples of pieces where this view is linked together with a more objective gesture, and the connection to certain events or periods is formed by the personal history of “others”. The artists uncover the layers of history like an archeologist and thus bring them to the present.

The exhibition can be regarded as an alternative, three dimensional history book, whose chapters’ can be elaborated through the works of the represented artists. The basic concept is the plurality of the interpretation of the past. The exhibition shows the given historical events from a different point of view, where the artists lay emphasis on other aspects, therefore the exhibition attempts to query the legitimacy and authenticity of official history telling.

Another aim of the exhibition is to create a live project which is constantly in flux. This will change the exhibition space into a special “installation”, which will appear in a double position throughout the opening, and will function as an “open stage”, that will host several performative events. These related programs are reflecting on the topic of the exhibition through using verbal and non-verbal language. We put special emphasis on the relationship between the viewer and the artworks and our aim is to help the visitor to become an active participant of the show rather than being a passive observer. The final event of the exhibition will be a performance night based on an open call, in which the participants will reflect on imaginary History school-leaving examination topics.

More info about the events coming soon!


Design: Lili Thury


Sponsors: Israeli Cultural Institute, National Cultural Fund, Wallonie-Bruxelles International

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