Erika Szőke: Speculum Mundi
Homeworks, houseworks and other meaningproducing activities
The exhibition lasts until 8th February
Curated by Máté Csanda
Photographs, photographed objects and the image-forming apparatuses behind them. Interventions, interferences and objets trouvés, captured through the language of photography.
Photography aiming to document – and at the same time participating in the constitution of phenomenal reality. Photography that becomes the object of self-reflection.
Iconography of everyday life, poetics of impermanence. Dissolving of the images: erosion and erasure of meaning. The family garden as a field of interactions, where the coordinates of different motivic axes and metaphorical processes meet. Endeavours and attempts to capture the sublime, hand in hand with the documentary interest in the language and poetics of the profane and banal. Decent pathos merging with subtle humour. Interlocking and interlinking between the different registers of memory and temporality. The family's walnut tree as a silent witness, as a subject and projection surface, at the same time as an encouragement and prop for (personal and family) memory.
The exhibition Speculum Mundi offers a small cross-section of Erika Szőke's recent creative phase, with the majority of the exhibited works being created in 2019. The artist, who mainly works in the medium of photography, lives in Velký Kýr (hungarian: Nagykér, district Nové Zámky, Slovakia). Between 2000 and 2005 she studied at the chair for visual arts and art education at the Constantine The Philosopher University Nitra i. a. in Karol Baron's studio.