Hungarian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale

“Sustainable Identities”

Artist: Szilárd Cseke

Curator: Kinga German

Commissioner: Monika Balatoni

Deputy Commissioner: István Puskás, Sándor Fodor, Anna Karády

Venue: Pavilion at Giardini

For his Venice Biennale debut, Hungarian artist Szilárd Cseke will map his home country’s pavilion with a luminous, kinetic network of intersecting PVC foil tubes suspended above viewers’ heads. These translucent channels contain white balls that are pushed through the paths by fans. At times, the balls meet and collide, emulating human migratory patterns and the conflicts they sometimes instigate. A large foil cushion—that inflates and deflates as if breathing—grounds the installation in a stable, organic mass and serves as a balancing counterpoint to the frenetic system of movement above. A sound piece, made in collaboration between Cseke and Ábris Gryllus, complements the installation.

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