Anna Molska: Tanagram

János Sugár: Do You Know My Method?

Zbyněk Baladrán: Socio-Fiction


Transition Times: Video Art from Central Europe

The annual photography fair, Paris Photo is one of the world's foremost showcase events for the still image. In 2010 Paris Photo is focusing on five Central European countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. With works by more than 90 artists Spotlight on Central Europe offers an exceptional overview of the region, from the 1920’s avant-garde movements and the post-war years through to the most contemporary production.

The video program – introducing each year video art of the countries in the spotlight – is curated by Rita Kálmán and Tijana Stepanović from ACAX | Ludwig Museum. The screening program entitled Transition Times: Video Art from Central Europe is a thematic selection of video works produced in the period 1989-2009. It aims to analyze the transition and transformation period of this region and focuses on the political, economic, social and psychological changes that took place over the last 20 years.

List of videos:

Józef Robakowski (PL): From My Window 1978–1999, 2000, 20' 00"
Zbyněk Baladrán (CZ): Socio-Fiction, 2005, 6' 46"
Anna Molska (PL): Tanagram, 2006-2007, 5' 18"
Marina Gržinić & Aina Šmid (SLO): Bilocation, 1990, 12' 06"
János Sugár (H): Do You Know My Method?, 2002, 8' 00"
Anetta Mona Chișa & Lucia Tkáčová (SK): Manifesto of Futurist Woman (Let's Conclude), 2008, 11' 13"
Csaba Nemes (H): Remake I-X., 2007, 25' 48"
Azorro (PL): Everything has been done I, 2003, 12' 00"
Anja Medved (SLO): Memory Surgery, 2010, 13' 01"
Milena Dopitova (CZ): Sixtysomething, 2003, 4' 26"; Green Plateaus I., 2003, 2' 07"

Short description of the videos >>>

Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez (independent curator, co-director of the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers), curator of the Statement section, as well as Guillaume Piens, fair manager and Véronique Prugnaud, exhibitor relations manager took part in the Check-in Budapest curatorial visitor program of ACAX. During their stay they acquainted with the most important Hungarian institutions and galleries dealing with photography. Besides Vintage Gallery, regular exhibitor at Paris Photo since the beginnings, two other galleries – Faur Zsófi – Ráday Gallery and Lumen Gallery were also invited to participate in the Statement section of the fair.

On the occasion of Paris Photo 2010 ACAX produced a guide about contemporary Hungarian photography in order to introduce the Hungarian photography scene to the visitors of the fair. The publication contains a short essay (in English and French) illustrated with photos about current trends in Hungarian photography and a map indicating the most important Hungarian institutions, galleries dealing with photography. It will be available free of charge at the booths of the participating Hungarian galleries (Faur Zsófi – Ráday Gallery, Lumen Gallery and Vintage Gallery), at the press office of the fair and at the Institut Hongrois de Paris.

The guide was produced with the support of NKA (National Cultural Fund of Hungary)

Download the photography guide >>>

Gabriella Csoszó (exhibiting artist at Paris Photo) in conversation with Hedvig Turai >>>
A conversation with Attila Pőcze (Vintage Gallery) and Gergely László (Lumen Gallery) >>>