monday, 29 november 2010, 12:40 am
Ilona Németh dates back to 2009, when they held a joint exhibition at the City Gallery in Bratislava. The show was inspired by the continuous deterioration of Slovak-Hungarian relations – primarily in the field of politics and media. The Hungarian and the Slovakian artist started a conversation and a collaboration.
The result of their cooperation is a statue by Martin Piaček inspired by the Benes decrees and a performance by Ilona Németh entitled Mud Wrestling and its presentation in the form of a video installation. In her work, the artist commented on contemporary political culture, introducing the notion of “political mud wrestling” to the context of the Slovak language. Their Hungarian partner at the Bratislava exhibition was János Sugár.

The artists now continue their collaboration at the 2B Gallery, where Martin Piaček will display some of his earlier works (he comments on situations in Slovakian history he considers embarrassing in the form of small wooden objects, e.g. August 13, 1939, the First Meeting of  Adolf Hitler and Josef Tiso or October 26, 1921, the Demolition of the Statue of Maria Theresa on Bratislava), and will also create new works for 2B Gallery.

Ilona Németh presents two new works to Budapest audiences. Her video entitled 8 Men presents the peculiar history of part of her family. She attempts to reconstruct the tragic fate of the family in the past 25 years from the point of view of a woman named Tímea. The location is Ekecs, a village in southern Slovakia, where her father originates from.

Her other work on display is the Centre of Europe project, where she deals with how seemingly exact scientific statements are relativised in the light of politics and national self- identification.

Sculptor Martin Piaček was born in Bratislava, he currently lives and works in Rajka.  He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava, the Academy of Fine Art in Krakow and the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam.  He has exhibited at the Galerie Dole in Ostrava, the Bastart and Hit Gallery in Bratislava, the Zerynthia Gallery in Rome, the Parter Gallery in Lódz and the Caisa Centre in Helsinki.  He currently teaches at the department of sculpture of the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava.

Artist Ilona Németh lives and works in Dunaszerdahely. She studied at the College of Applied Arts and the College of Fine Arts in Budapest. In 2001 she was awarded the Munkácsy Prize.  She has exhibited at the Modern Art Oxford in Oxford, at the Műcsarnok in Budapest, the Kunstmuseum in Luzern, the M.O.C. in Munich, the A.I.R. Gallery in New York City, the Bartók 32 Gallery in Budapest, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, and at the Venice Biennial. Her works are featured in several museum collections. Since 2004, she has been teaching at the intermedia department of the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava.  
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