Identities by Ildikó Kalapács

May 10, 2010 - 17:00 - May 28, 2010 - 20:15
Nador u. 9, Monument Building
Exhibition Hall
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Open to the Public
Identities by Ildikó Kalapács

works by Ildikó Kalapács, Hungarian-American visual artist

Opening speech: Marianna Szczygielska (MA student of the Department of Gender Studies at CEU)

Ildikó Kalapács is Hungarian-American visual artist and folk dancer residing in Washington state. Her time is divided between the two cultures, and her travels as a dancer and artist formed her view of the world. One aspect of that is her interest in identity and human rights in the context of globalization.

In her work, she aims to balance ideal and universal approaches to identity and at the same time she recognizes the individual and incorporates specifically cultural characteristics into her works. Honoring the individual and being sensitive to her/his needs and trials is the basis of her artist concepts.

In her exhibition at CEU she focuses on "gender issues" on the background of cultural identity and universal human rights. Due to her past personal experiences (growing up in Hungary during the Cold War and the socialist era) she puts more emphasis on women's issues, but not at the detriment of men's rights. The exhibition consists of some images of her art work as an extension of her exhibition on gender issues. Since layers of references overlap in her art, cultural context and human rights issues intermingle with issues of identity. She uses references to mostly Hungarian and US culture, although universal images and some humor or at least ambivalence are also present.