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?

Travellers... at the Threshold of a New Era

Feb 24, 2017 - May 04, 2017

Opening: February 24, Friday 17.30

An offering by the Ananda Marga Yoga group of Budapest.

Artists: Abu-Yousef Nóra, Balogh Balázs András, Csordás Zoltán, Ferkovics József, Győrffy-Kovács Adrienn, Kirsh, Nikhil Nathan (UK), Lakatos Klára, Mészáros István, Mészáros Márk, Nagy B. Istán, Szécsi Magda

It is a spirit of radical wholism that seeks expression here, the weaving together of the philosophic, the political, the artistic, the spiritual and the revolutionary. The Earth and the Sky and the wheel have turned: the travellers stand… at the threshold of a New Era.

The exhibition draws its inspiration from the Roma flag, which it takes as a metaphor for the Creation: the green Earth as the physical, the blue Sky as the spiritual, and the wheel representing the journey through earth and sky, through the Creation. Drawing on the wisdom of Yogis and mystics, a clear message emerges about the journey: it is to be one of collective struggle to create a benevolent human society, and, a personal journey to attain spiritual elevation. Both of these themes are explored.

Words and lyrics of Indian activist and mystic, P.R. Sarkar, have been used to inspire several paintings and art works by local artists.

“The Supreme Being is calling you in the roar of the ocean, in the thunder of the clouds, in the speed of lightning, in the meteor’s flaming fires. Nothing good will come from idleness. Get up and awake the clouded chivalry of your dormant youth…”

The exhibition acknowledges the “tears of Hungary’s oppressed” that have flowed down the centuries, and which continue to this day. P.R. Sarkar: “We should not forget even for a moment that this whole animate world is a large family in which nature has not assigned any property to any particular individual… how then can there be any justification for a system in which someone receives a flow of huge excess, while others die for lack of a handful of grain?”

And yet, striving to contextualise all within the spiritual, an unshakeable optimism pervades the exhibition: “Yes, we must fight exploitation and establish a benevolent human society. Yes, we must fight our own inner demons. Yes, the Supreme is with us. Yes, we will be victorious!”

Curators: Dada Ravishekharananda, Ananda Jyotishrii (Nagy B. Julianna)


Nagy B. István: Vasjankó (Arcképcsarnok XIX.) / Iron Johnny (Portrait Gallery XIX.)
2001, acrylic on canvas, velvet applications, fibreboard
97 x 80 cm
creative legacy

Photo: Sulyok Miklós

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