Kindling Spaces - still lifes from the offices of CEU's Nador 11 Bldg. Photo exhibition by Heni Griecs

Date: 
April 26, 2014 - 17:20 - May 31, 2014 - 20:00
Building: 
Nador u. 11
Room: 
Nádor 11. 004, after April 28 in the Exhibition Hall, in front of Gellner Room
Event type: 
Event audience: 
CEU host unit(s): 
Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Kindling Spaces - still lifes from the offices of CEU's Nador 11 Bldg. Photo exhibition by Heni Griecs

Heni Griecs is an administrative coordinator at CEU and has been working here since 1999. Heni started taking photographs in 2007, after realizing that she had always been composing what she saw with her eyes into smaller self-contained and intimate worlds. She has no formal training in this art, but she owes a lot to her friends whose company and ideas have been inspiring her, not only in her photography, but many aspects of her life. Heni uses various kinds of photographic machines to take pictures, including regular film and polaroid film cameras, her simple mobile phone, and also other digital cameras. 

Kindling Spaces is her first exhibition and celebrates the beauty of the CEU community as well as the 100th birthday anniversary of the building of Nádor 11, Budapest, Hungary.

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"Having worked in various offices in the Nádor 11 building of CEU during the past years I noticed that there is a relationship between the people and their working environment. In these spaces you find how the seemingly austere environment - the straightforward lobby, the boring staircase, unfriendly corridors and mostly just plain rooms - is kindled by the people who work here. You would expect the rooms in an office building to be uniform but in the CEU atmosphere single offices and shared places reflect the personalities and have the touch of the people who inhabit them. As someone who belongs to the CEU community I often have the feeling when I enter these rooms that I am warmly welcomed and allowed to see something special about my colleagues as I discover the signs of their cherishing of the space which surrounds them." Heni Griecs

Kindling Spaces – still lifes from the offices of CEU’s Nádor 11 building today
Having worked in various offices in the Nádor 11 building of CEU during the past years I noticed that there is a relationship between the people and their working environment. In these spaces you find how the seemingly austere environment - the straightforward lobby, the boring staircase, unfriendly corridors and mostly just plain rooms - is kindled by the people who work here. You would expect the rooms in an office building to be uniform but in the CEU atmosphere single offices and shared places reflect the personalities and have the touch of the people who inhabit them. As someone who belongs to the CEU community I often have the feeling when I enter these rooms that I am warmly welcomed and allowed to see something special about my colleagues as I discover the signs of their cherishing of the space which surrounds them. Some people open up their office to the sunshine and create clarity by their furnishing style, others keep a collection of presents and souvenirs originating from different parts of the world, or they display the personal notes received from colleagues, postcards from students, that are so dear to them, or work in a jungle of plants, or they post funny newspaper clippings and stickers outside their door. 
You would find interesting juxtapositions too. Lifeless, dark office furniture sinking into invisibility next to a bright-colored carpet and a sparkling sitting ball. A collection of rolled up wall maps, waiting for their prime time in the classroom, stored in a departmental kitchen. Whiteboard on an office wall covered with math scribbles which are not discernible for the uninitiated eyes, alongside paintings of contemporary abstract art in the tints of autumn. Binders and academic books framing a three-story dollhouse on a bookshelf. A glistening coffee-machine with star-stickers on top of a heavy steel filing cabinet in an office which is sparsely brightened up by natural light. A pair of carelessly left soft wool slippers waiting for their owner left beside a rolling office chair.
There is a reciprocity between people’s care for their space and how the environment responds to this with an embrace: sunshine sneaking in at different times of the day in various intensity, shapes, and colors, the light bubbles on the ceiling of an elevator, the wide white marble window-sills in the staircase where you can sit and make lonely phone calls or where you can stand by to watch as the snow or showers are falling on the courtyard, the skyline of the rooftops at sunset seen from the top floor offices, or the turning of the stairs in the staircase, where you stop, with one foot on the next step and the other longing to stay, to have a parting chat with your colleague friend after you had lunch together.
I hope this intimate glimpse at the space that we kindle and that kindles us will touch the visitors of the exhibition as it touches me. 
I heartily dedicate my photos especially to my dear fellow members of the CEU community. 
Heni Griecs 
You would find interesting juxtapositions too. Lifeless, dark office furniture sinking into invisibility next to a bright-colored carpet and a sparkling sitting ball. A collection of rolled up wall maps, waiting for their prime time in the classroom, stored in a departmental kitchen. Whiteboard on an office wall covered with math scribbles which are not discernible for the uninitiated eyes, alongside paintings of contemporary abstract art in the tints of autumn. Binders and academic books framing a three-story dollhouse on a bookshelf. A glistening coffee-machine with star-stickers on top of a heavy steel filing cabinet in an office which is sparsely brightened up by natural light. A pair of carelessly left soft wool slippers waiting for their owner left beside a rolling office chair.
There is a reciprocity between people’s care for their space and how the environment responds to this with an embrace: sunshine sneaking in at different times of the day in various intensity, shapes, and colors, the light bubbles on the ceiling of an elevator, the wide white marble window-sills in the staircase where you can sit and make lonely phone calls or where you can stand by to watch as the snow or showers are falling on the courtyard, the skyline of the rooftops at sunset seen from the top floor offices, or the turning of the stairs in the staircase, where you stop, with one foot on the next step and the other longing to stay, to have a parting chat with your colleague friend after you had lunch together.
I hope this intimate glimpse at the space that we kindle and that kindles us will touch the visitors of the exhibition as it touches me. 
I heartily dedicate my photos especially to my dear fellow members of the CEU community. 
Heni Griecs