Homo Domesticus
9 May 2019 – 14 June 2019

The works in this exhibition are the products of an ongoing process of thinking. The problem stems from a recognition that came to the artist in relation to a double portrait she painted many years ago. The characters in the painting were office workers, who were rather hard to convince to sit for the portrait at first. The two middle-aged women first suggested that “the artist find a more beautiful subject”, and they were worried that the portrait would make them look ridiculous.

Is it possible to widen the limits of imagination in representing women? Can a portrait be liberated from the ideas so strongly associated with the notion of the ‘feminine’? The drawings, paintings, lenticular prints and short video animations in Eszter Szabó’s show attempt at finding answers to these questions. The fictitious portraits are characters pieced together from memories of faces she had seen in the street or in means of public transport. They emerged through rearranging the most familiar and typical features.

Opening speech: Kata Oltai

Opening: 8 May 2019 at 7 pm