Variable Identities

Sandor Bartha

28.03.2019–11.05.2019

We are delighted to invite you on Thursday March 28 starting 7 pm to the opening of the exhibition Variable Identities, Sandor Bartha’s second solo-show at Ivan Gallery.

“The works from the Variable Identities exhibition probe daily life’s hidden poetry, searching to identify the exceptional in the commonplace. The objects freed from their usual functions – in the majority of cases, the same objects – acquire different identities inside various creations, being subjected to constant changes. At the same time, during the transformation process, they occupy an intermediary position, which acts like a link between the past and the present, connecting their previous identity to a possible future identity. In addition to the installations resulting from this conceptual process, the exhibition presents the Personal Centuries series of collages and drawings, which frame thoughts and visions on the subjective perception of the turn of the millennium.” (Sandor Bartha)

The artistic practice of Sandor Bartha (b. 1962, Odorheiu-Secuiesc, Romania) conveys personal messages with a political, ironical twist on the current state of things on a national or international level, through playful, clever and skilful strategies. His works combine different media, such as drawing, painting, installation or photography, more than often integrating common, insignificant or recycled materials, scraps and objects. His projects have been shown in the Prague Biennial (2003), in the Romanian Pavilion at The Venice Biennale (2001) and in exhibitions at the Ludwig Museum (Budapest, 2003), Kulturkontakt (Vienna, 1997 with an adjacent artistic residency program). In 2006 he was granted a residency in Hamburg by the Hamburg Kulturbehörde and in 2002 he received a grant from the ECF (European Cultural Foundation) inside the ID (Intercultural Dialogue) residency-program Kassel. He teaches at the University of Arts in Oradea, Romania. He lives and works in Budapest, Hungary.

The exhibition can be visited until 11 May 2019, Wednesday to Saturday, 12-18, or by appointment outside the visiting hours.