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février 11, 2019

MUST SEE  –   Exhibitions

Born in 1983, Magyarósi lives and works in Budapest. By the age of 16, she had already published her first book of poetry. She studied at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design in her native Budapest, both art and video animation, represented Hungary in the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2016-2017 and is also the 2018 winner of the prestigious Hungarian UniCredit award.

The exhibition, Magyarósi’s first solo show in France, opens with her recent video Tundra (a wasteland); the title refers not only to a bleak, treeless plain, but is also the name of the video’s androgynous protagonist, who crosses paths with a flock of enigmatic, deer-like creatures. They meet with both tenderness and violence in an allegory about the loss of innocence, a theme that is also palpable in a series of drawings of childlike figures whose thin, tiny bodies seem to sprout thorns.

In the gallery’s vast downstairs spaces, drawings, collages and several videos, sensitive and poignant, including a series of ten shorts—The Dreams of Children, The Pine tree, The Pool, Brieflyabout us, Straddle-Legged, Where I come from, The Sea, The Dog Rose Bush, Plotting Board, Winter gardens—; an evanescent, magical landscape animation produced for the Château de Rivau in the Loire Valley when she was artist-in-residence there; and Invisible Drawings (For my father), which explores a sense of grief and loss as well as childhood feelings of fear and vulnerability: Daddy, / You are here in my window. In the window frame under the paint. / In my burnt door. / In the glasses on the top of the cupboard, / In the pen, that you held in your hand, and which you made a mistake in a crossword puzzle. / And in the sounds of music. / In your bathrobe, in its pocket, and in all your empty text messages, and in a torn pack of cigarettes.…

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