• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Andreas Fogarasi

Andreas Fogarasi is through his installations, sculptures, videos and photographs concerned with the act of showing and of representation. He analyses how places, cities, political ideas, or historic events become images and questions the role of culture – art, architecture, and design – in this process. Underlying his works is his critical examination of the mechanisms with which political appropriation operates in the field of visual culture today: the process of culturalisation of the economy – be it through „creative“ models of working and remuneration, through culture being the motor behind urban reconstruction, or as a factor in the competition for attracting tourists, investors, and media attention.

Formally informed by Minimal Art and Conceptual Art, Fogarasi’s works are at the same time documentary and autonomous sculptures. The documentary element is consciously fractured and rests on a precise balance between information and openness. The sculptural aspect is strongly architectural, often referencing iconic landmarks, commercial presentations or temporary forms of architecture such as stands at fairs, stage constructions, or pavilions.

A.F., F.L.

1977, Wien / AT

Fogarasi studied Architecture at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria), where he was a collaborative organiser of the “Freie Klasse” (Free Class). He finished his studies in 2003 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Since 2001 Fogarasi has been co-editor of “derive – Magazine for Urban Studies”.

Lives and works in Vienna, Austria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “Vasarely go home“, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2010 “Georgetown“, Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria

2009 “Fairvie“, Lombard-Freid Projects, New York City, USA

2008 “Information“, Ernst Museum, Budapest, Hungary

2007 “Culture and Leisure“, Hungarian Pavillion, 52th Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2006 “North“, Georg Kargl Box, Vienna, Austria

2005 “South“, Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

2004 “A ist der Name für ein Modell/Etrangement proche”, Liget Galéria, Budapest, Hungary

2003 “ABC City (The Player)“, Trafó, Budapest, Hungary

2002 “Culture Park“, Gallery 5020, Salzburg, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2011 “In Between. Austria Contemporary“, CAC Contemporary Art Centre, Vilnius, Lithuania

2010 “There Has Been No Future, There Will Be No Past“, International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York City, USA

2009 “Transitland“, The Red House, Sofia, Bulgaria

2008 “Phantasies of the Beginning“, Billboard Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2007 “Cine y casi cine“, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain

2006 “This Land is My Land“, Kunsthalle Nürnberg, Nuremberg, Germany

2005 “CitySellingCityTelling“, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Germany

2004 “Images of Violence / Violence of Images“, Biennale of Young Artists, Bucharest, Romania

2003 “Given … Construction and Situation“, Galerie im Taxispalais, Innsbruck, Austria

2002 “Double Bind“, ATA Centre for Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Fogarasi, Andreas, Grammel, Soren, eds. 2008. Andreas Fogarasi: Information. Graz: Grazer Kunstverein.


Noever, Peter, ed. 2008. Andreas Fogarasi: 2008. Vienna: Schlebrügge.


Wege, Astrid, ed. 2008. Moirés: Andreas Fogarasi, Katya Sander, Urtica. Luneburg: Verlag für Wiss. und Zeitgenössische Kunst.


Timár, Katalin, ed. 2007. Kultur und Freizeit: Hungarian Pavilion, Giardini di Castello, Venice. 52nd International Art Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia. Cologne: Walther König.


Timár, Katalin, ed. 2007. Andreas Fogarasi, Kultur und Freizeit: Magyar Pavilon, Giardini di Castello, Velence. 52. Velencei Nemzetközi Képzőművészti Biennále. Budapest: Műcsarnok.


Fogarasi, Andreas. 2006. A ist der Name für ein Modell/étrangement proche. Frankfurt: Revolver.
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