Essl Art Award CEE – in Bratislava and Budapest
Milan Vagač was born 1987 in Bratislava. He studies at the Academy of fine arts and design in Bratislava.
The work shown in the exhibition was Entrances (2010) – a Mixed Media Installation.
Magdaléna Kuchtová was born in 1985 in Skalica, and is studying at the Academy of Fine arts and Design, Bratislava.
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.
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.”
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 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.”
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 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).
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 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?“