Klára R. Lakatos: Mandalas of Szatmár

Jun 21, 2017 - Jul 28, 2017

Opening: June 21, Wednesday, 19:00

Klára Lakatos was born in Csenger in 1968. She spends her childhood in Tyukod. In 1982 she continues to study in a trade vocational training school in Budapest. Then she graduates at the Szabó Ervin Secondary School of Budapest and gets her cultural management diploma at University of Pécs. She starts drawing at this time. The creations of Károly Bari, Magda Szécsi and Károly Pongor Béri (David Berry) makes a big impression on her. She makes black pen drawings about trees in 1996 as Klára R. Lakatos which were inspired by Zsolt Csanya's poetry. Numerous exhibitions were opened from her works. She was introduced in the Balázs János gallery of the Romany Parliament in 2001 and her works are presented in the Élet és Irodalom journal in the same year. Her works of poetry, as well as Zsolt Csanya's "diary experiment", are also illustrated by her works. In 2007, at the Athe Sam Romany Art Festival, she exhibited her „Visual beings” work together with the sunflower child group she led at the group exhibition. The Amaro Drom, Kethano Drom and Lungo Drom Romany periodicals have been constantly published her works and in 2009 she had drawings in the Igaz Szó journal. She had several exhibitions. Currently she is head of the Napénekéj Artistic Group and she conducts art lessons for children.

Robert Gabris

Sep 22, 2017 - Oct 27, 2017

If you are scared, don't enter the forest!

drawings and interactive installation with glasses and mirrors, work in progress

In my concept I’m using handwritten texts as a pictorial language, to describe my thoughts about the topic ‚abstract forest‘. So this overlayed handwritten sentences build a complex structure, which creates my pictorial presentation of an imaginary forest. These images imitate my notebooks, where I associatively record different terms, sentences, words or sounds and analyze them in the process of writing.

Drawing 1 - "If you are scared, don’t enter the forest"

is the first interpretation of educational methods or measures by which an automatically unsafe and poor future of a Romachild in Slovakia is provided with a pointer finger. For me, this warning was a a forest of phobia and eerie darkness. I would like to discuss the patriotic contextualisation of different speech forms in Slovakia and at the same time to question how differently they have shaped my childhood, education and training.

Drawing 2 - "We woun’t come out! You have to come in. We are waiting here. If you need something, you have to come in!"

Is a quote from a survivor of Auschwitz who recalls the day when the Romacamp was to be eradicated. I am thrilled by this almost fabulous sentence because it is actually the simplest and most effective solution to the Rome problematics in Slovakia. My written rainbow becomes a gate that invites everyone to look into the world of the Roma and actively participate in positive solutions.

Drawing 3 - "Forest of flies"

is a drawing showing the order and understanding of the Roma togetherness. For me, these orders are symbolized with flies, which fly forever free and constantly, though trying to keep them from flying. Who can actually condemn a fly for flying free?

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