Exhibition in Budapest: Our Heart Is a Foreign Country

tranzit.hu’s international group exhibition “Our Heart Is a Foreign Country” presents the intimate field of play that unfolds in friendships; a place where can depart from the expectations, ideals and norms of society, and can really be ourselves.

Exhibition and events:

Our Heart Is a Foreign Country
Friendship as an alternative in a normal world

On view until: 30 July 2016
Venue: FKSE Studio Gallery, Rottenbiller u. 35., 1077 Budapest, Hungary

1 July 2016, 6 p.m.
“From Judith Butler’s Kinship to Family Queer”
performance lecture by Christiane Erharter (ERSTE Foundation)

8 – 9 July 2016
public presentation and workshop by Anetta Mona Chişa

28 July 2016, 6 p.m.
Karol Radziszewski: “Kisieland” (2012)
screening of the film and artist talk with Karol Radziszewski about Central Eastern European queer art practices

The exhibition gives a peek into the mysterious universe of role shifts and mischief that lies beyond the normative spheres of political control, the law, the church, and the family that responsible for passing on cultural patterns. At the same time, it points to the liberating power of this versatile and personalized mode of human connection in a culture where modes of experiencing love and intimacy are determined by moral codes, institutionalized rituals and the legal framework of marriage. The exhibition also investigates the potential for social critique that lies within friendship as a form of connection that is pure and exists for itself, and in which participants are equal and aid each other in the process of self-realization.

“Our Heart Is a Foreign Country” asks the question of whether friendship can be a way of life and the basis for a queer politics beyond identity categories and gender roles. Through this, friendship emerges as an alternative to the heteronormative social structures that enforce unequal power relations.

Exhibiting artists: Pauline Boudry & Renate Lorenz, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Elmgreen & Dragset, G. B. Jones & Bruce LaBruce, Rodolf Hervé, Tamás Király, pr group, Karol Radziszewski, Andi Schmied, Lilla Szász, Ryan Trecartin, Jana Želibská

The exhibition is realized as part of tranzit.hu’s long-term research project “Chosen Family”.

Curated by Gyula Muskovics and Andrea Soós

More: http://hu.tranzit.org/en//0/2016-06-16/our-heart-is-a-foreign-country

photo: Pauline Boudry / Renate Lorenz: “Opaque”, 2014, film still © Pauline Boudry, Renate Lorenz