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Essl Art Award CEE – in Bratislava and Budapest

11/05/2011
Half of the locations on the Essl Art Award journey have already been visited. Both exhibitions, in Bratislava on Monday, 9th of May and in Budapest on Tuesday, the 10th of May were well received. Time for a short breather before the next exhibition in Zagreb on Thursday and to introduce the Slowakian and Hungarian winners of the Essl Art Awards CEE as well as their artworks!
 
Monday night, the small but charming Galéria MEDIUM in the heart of Bratislava was pretty crowded. After a 3 hour jury meeting, the jury decided to award this year’s Essl Art Award in Slowakia to Milan Vagač  and Magdaléna Kuchtová . On Tuesday, the Essl Art Award Hungary was awarded to a beaming Emőke Bada and Anett Hamori, both students of the University of Fine Arts in Budapest. Collector Agnes Essl gave a Collector’s Invitation to the Hungarian artist Patrícia Jagicza, who will be thus able to present her work together with the winners of the Essl Art Award in the final exhibition at the Essl Museum in December.
 
Learn more about the winners and see their works below!
 
By the way: If you want to see all the nominee’s works as well as the winning works, the exhbition in Bratislava lasts until May, 29th, the exhbition in Budapest can be visited at Centralis Galeria/OSA Archivum until the 22nd of May. 
 
Winners of the Essl Art Award CEE – Bratislava

 

Milan Vagač

Milan Vagač was born 1987  in Bratislava. He studies at the Academy of fine arts and design in Bratislava.

Milan Vagač - Entrances, 2010 - Installation View

Milan Vagač - Entrances, 2010 - Installation View - (c) courtesy the artist

 

The work shown in the exhibition was Entrances (2010) – a Mixed Media Installation.

Milan Vagač - Entrances, 2010 - Installation View - Foto: the artist

Milan Vagač - Entrances, 2010 - Installation View - (c) courtesy the artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magdaléna Kuchtová

Magdaléna Kuchtová was born in 1985 in Skalica, and is studying at the Academy of Fine arts and Design, Bratislava.

Magdalenà Kuchtová - Local Context - Installation

Magdalenà Kuchtová - Local Context - Installation - (c) courtesy the artist

 The work shown in the exhibition was  Local Context (2010), an installation consisting of a photography work, a worktable with diverse material and a video installation.

Magdalenà Kuchtová - Local Context - Installation, Foto: the artist

Magdalenà Kuchtová - Local Context - Installation, Foto: the artist

 Artist’s Statement Magdaléna Kuchtová:

“In the last years public space became my creative material, which interests me in its actual form with accumulated layers of genius loci, history, culture, social presence, etc. My aim is to adopt social, historical and cultural layers of public environment and its penetration with my visual intervention.”

  
 
 
Winners of the Essl Art Award CEE – Budapest 

 

Emőke Bada

Emőke Bada was born 1984 in Kaduna, Nigera and is studying at the University of Fine Arts in Budapest.

3 of her works were shown in the exhibition: The videoworks  “I am a container” and “Meaningless”, as well as a photography work called “Alter Ego”, consisting of 3 single photographs.

Emőke Bada - I am a container (Still 2) - 2010, Foto: the artist

Emőke Bada - I am a container (Still 2) - 2010, Foto: the artist

Emőke Bada about her work “I am a container”: “This 1 minute long animation was inspired by the poem of my Danish schoolmate Emma Slebsager Nielsen. Its technique is stop motion. I created a shadow play to Emma’s text, by placing various objects on overhead projector and then changing their positions. The piece is about the fact, that one is only a container and to be able to take more in, you have to give yourself away.” 

 

 

Emőke Bada - Alter Ego 2010, foto: the artist

Emőke Bada - Alter Ego 2010, foto: the artist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anett Hamori

Anett Hamori was born 1985 in Miskolc, Hungary. She studies at the University of Fine Art in Budapest. 

3 of her recent paintings are on show in the exhibition: “Gabor near the sea”, “Marit’s Christmas” and “Nadia in Pisa” (all of them 2010). 

 

Anett Hamori - Nadia in Pisa (2010), foto: the artist

Anett Hamori - Nadia in Pisa (2010), foto: the artist

Anett Hamori on her work Nadia in Pisa:

“What I am interested in are people. Their relationship and communication. How do they live, feel, move, change. How can they be a ‘sign’ or enigma for their ambiance. Last year I was in exchange in France (Erasmus Scolarship).

Anett Hamori - Marit's christmas (2010), foto: the artist

Anett Hamori - Marit's christmas (2010), foto: the artist

 There I knew a lot of people from different countries. After I came home we also keep in touch on the internet with Skype and Facebook. Everybody makes photos of their life. So I choose from my friend’s albums, and then I painted it like a story of them. So I make a kind of communication range with different people from different part of the world on my ligamentary paper paintings.”

Collector’s Invitation – Patrícia Jagicza 

 Patrícia Jagicza was born 1986 in Budapest and studies at the University of Fine Arts. She received a Collector’s Invitation from Agnes Essl – her work will be shown at the final exhibition of the Essl Art Award in the Essl Museum in December.

Patrícia Jagicza - Estrella (2010), Oil on canvas - © Courtesy the artist

Patrícia Jagicza - Estrella (2010), Oil on canvas - © Courtesy the artist

Patrícia Jagicza on her work “Estrella”:

“I try to visually illustrate in a personal and ironic way the questions and problems of women of present day.

‘Estrella’: A woman wrestler in a men’s toilet ready for the fight. She is putting up a mask, as she’s looking at the observer. Who is more out of place? The lady in a restroom for the other gender, or the viewer invading her personal ritual, and watching her in a vulnerable moment as she is preparing for the next battle of her life. Familiar situation…isn’t it?“  

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