MANIA. Quiet Strategies

MANIA. Quiet Strategies

Mania is a common inner response to the outside world, a meditative self-healing process
responding to current social, political and individual life situations.

In the exhibition titled MANIA. Quiet Strategies, Emese Benczúr, Mariann Imre, Kamilla Szíj, Henrietta Szira and Hajnalka Tarr present us with a novel aspect and set of artistic tools of maniaby displaying several of their old and new works. In their lives and work, mania has by now become a conscious standpoint, a creative strategy for survival against the world, as action saturated with mania leaves time for analysis and building self-defense reflexes.

One of the building blocks of mania is the creation of contrast between the outside world and the artistic creation process:  confronting the immediateway of the world of instant, uncritical responses withattentive, inward-looking and observing existence, thus creating an inner space. This is the place where one can slow down and contemplate via retreating from the realm of unsophisticatedlike-dislike responses, where each movement is accentuated and where every move is a positive feedback, a testimonial: it must be continued.

Self-reflection, intention and interpretation attempts by Benczúr, Imre, Szíj, Szira and Tarr share the same, increasingly difficult to implement future vision, in which, nevertheless, there will be a growing need for slower, more reflective, turning-off-and-on activities that allow increased engagement, quietness and reflection.

In addition to the presentation of artistic values, the exhibition is also the first stopover of a research-based and ambitious community project that invites the residents of Debrecen to create content. The entire project process will be documented. The results will be presented in MODEM in 2020.

See the CALL here

Exhibiting artists: Emese Benczúr, Mariann Imre, Kamilla Szíj, Henrietta Szira and Hajnalka Tarr

Curator and Project Manager: Andrea Simon

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