Friday, 13 May 2011

GUESTure/GOSTIkulacija, performance lecture and discussion with curator Livia Paldi, Budapest

Performance lecture: GOSTIkulacija/GUESTure by Margareta Kern followed by interview / talk ‘Archives as Memory Work’ with curator Lívia Páldi

Magyar Képzőművészeti Egyetem, Budapest, Tuesday 3rd May, 6 - 7.30pm.


Recently, I presented a performance lecture titled GUESTure, at the Academy of Art, in Budapest, through which I brought together a range of material I have collected to date including testimonies of the guestworker women I interviewed (in 2009 and 2011), photographs from their family albums from the 1970's, and short stories which I have written based on this material and my research, to explore the boundary between testimonial, memory and interpretation and to question ways in which to activate images, memories and archives for purposes of challenging dominant historiographies.

Performance was followed by a conversation with curator at Budapest Kunsthalle Livia Paldi titled 'Memory as Archive Work'. Livia and myself will be shaping this conversation into a text, with a view of publishing it as a catalogue, which would bring all the material together...

In 2010, I exhibited the ongoing archive-installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art - Kunsthalle Budapest, as part of an exhibition ‘Over the Counter: The Phenomena of Post-socialist Economy in Contemporary Art’. For more images of that installation please click here:

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