Gergely Nagy is Curator-in-Residence in June 2017 @ MQ Vienna
Gergely Nagy (1969) is editor, art critic, journalist (www.artportal.hu). He started to work as a journalist at Hungary’s leading news weekly HVG (www.hvg.hu) in 2000. At the same time he was a contributor for Müértö art monthly. He became more and more interested in contemporary art, art system, cultural policy, art and cultural institutions. Finally, since 2012 he works as a freelance journalist and editor.
“As an art critic and editor of Hungary’s biggest contemporary art website I’m interested in the proceedings and developments of the art field, art system as a whole. But my main fields of interest are non-profit gallery scene, grass root initiatives, new practices in art, socially, politically engaged art and – given the fact that I’m an editor – art magazines, webzines. I’m curious about how individuals and organisations, actors of the art field are functioning, how they work, communicate and fundraise. I’m interested in sustainable models.
I have the luck to work for Hungary’s first totally independently organised contemporary art biennial, OFF-Biennale Budapest right from the beginning (2014). We witnessed that the contemporary art scene in Hungary is facing several problems. The established, ‘institutional’ art is less and less relevant while more and more controlled by the state and cannot resist the government’s pressure to be loyal. While the scene outside the walls of the state run institutions seems to be vibrant, interesting and more and more productive. OFF-Biennale Budapest has come to life as a response and reaction for the current situation but we had to see that the scene is lacking not only funding and institutional background but also experience, partnerships, techniques of survival, connections with the international scene.
I am intended to write about my experience – making notes probably in the form of a blog or short articles and making interviews during my time in Vienna.”