Invisible Gravure of a City - Emőke Kerekes - Levente Kádár
Curator: Zsuzsanna Stánitz

According to the philosophy of Benjamin's flâneur roaming on the streets can be seen as a special way of reading, when all the people, shop-windows, cars, greenery we pass by transform into messages telling their own story in the most different ways. The artists represented in the exhibition Invisible Gravure of a City intend to present an alternative way of mapping a city, the city of 21st century Budapest with its hidden, inconspicuous memory traces.

With her series depicting concrete-made flower-boxes around the city, Emőke Kerekes intends to emphasize the boxes' intellectual meaning surpassing their functional one. While recalling the socialist past, the items overrun the horizon of the objective memory, working as engrams of collective memory. Approaching the past happens through objective remains, such as monuments, but this cannot be done without an active memory which tries to understand, sustain and transmit it. The definition of collective memory develops through several ongoing debates – What is the meaning of certain memories? What shall we remember and how should we recall it? The photographs depict the flower-boxes abstracted, curtailed from their everyday surroundings – what happens to the model when placing it in front of a neutral background; what is the multi-layered meaning which one can start to unfold through this representation?

The mass-production of caravans spread in Europe after the Second World War in the name of a new way of spending one's free-time within the newly organized societies. These automobiles have always been considered a symbol of mobility, but in the series of Levente Kádár they seem to represent an extinct era. The series Caravan collects these automobiles curtailed from mobility, functionally transformed, which have by now found their temporary/permanent places on Budapest's streets and less busy squares. Time has made an impact on these one-time comfort objects: they are not that comfy anymore, they are not only used temporarily, and their inhabitants have also changed. The artist completes the series depicting the caravans – often transformed into solutions for housing problems – in their new positions with 'inhabitants and their homes' photographs which open up a further, more complex layer of understanding.

Demo Galéria


12 January 2012, 19h

VII. Budapest,
Akácfa utca 51.

Thuesday - Saturday: 16.00 - 21.00

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