RESISTING ERASURE: QUEER ART IN HUNGARY
Roma LGBTQ Community - Owing the game
Queer Budapest is pleased to present an exhibition of works by emerging and established artists from the queer Hungarian diaspora during the 2021 edition of Art Cologne.
As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic the Hungarian queer community has found itself in increasingly uncertain territory. Already stigmatised and marginalised, over the course of the past year the Hungarian government has sought new ways in which to target the rights of LGBTQ+ people; From banning legal gender recognition and making marriage equality all but impossible to the most recent and far reaching legislation that equates homosexuality to pedophilia and bars LGBTQ+ education and representation in the media.
However, despite this challenging environment, queer artists are refusing to be silent in the wake of policies that seek to erase them from society and are continuing to produce work that has the power to inform and educate while inspiring us to take our fate into our own hands and imagine a world free from institutionalised hatred.
With works ranging from performance to painting to photography, Resisting Erasure: Queer Art in Hungary will present a multi-faceted view of contemporary queer life in Hungary by investigating themes such as Identity, Community and Feminism. Overall, this exhibition seeks to position art as an important method for the exploration and celebration of identity.
Selected by curators Zsuzsanna Zsuró and Thomas Roughan the exhibition includes works by: Ádám Csábi, Anna Ádám, Barnabás Lakatos-Gelléri, Borsos Lőrinc, Hollow Systems & works from the LGBTQ+ Roma Community.
Queer Budapest would like to thank Daniel Hug, the Art Cologne Team and our commercial supporters for making this exhibition possible.
‘Fears and Hopes’ by Barnabás Lakatos Gelléri
Queer Budapest is a platform that supports and promotes the work of LGBTQ+ creatives from the Hungarian diaspora.
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Queer Budapest was founded in 2020 by art researcher Zsuzsanna Zsuro (born in Budapest) and artist Thomas Roughan (born in London) after they met at Central Saint Martins in London and were both dissatisfied with lack of attention the Hungarian queer scene was receiving.
Queer Budapest’s first exhibition was held in November 2020 in Népsziget, an island in north Budapest, and was met with an overwhelmingly positive response, showing there was an interest in, and a need for, LGBTQ+ Hungarian art to be shown.
Following on from the initial exhibition came a radio and podcast series in early 2021 called Queer Budapest Talks which focused on facilitating in-depth discussions with a variety of queer creatives. During its run the series became the #2 rated podcast in the visual arts category in Hungary. It was also during this time that Queer Budapest started to gain attention from the arts media and was featured in both The Calvert Journal and Artnet News.
Currently, Queer Budapest is focusing on preparing to present a special exhibition during the 2021 edition of Art Cologne against a backdrop of rising tensions between the queer community and the government back home in Hungary.
Queer Budapest hopes this exhibition will continue to highlight the talent Hungarian LGBTQ+ artists have while contributing towards bringing international attention to the challenges they face.