6 Jul – 6 Sep 2018
Mo – Fri | 9.00am – 4.30pm
A new upcoming event is ready to toe the line at the Future Museum, Czech Centre in Bucharest. Vilmos Koter’s solo show consists of two newly commissioned works, namely ”Plaything of power”, a 3.5-metre-high installation, and two photos that constitute ”What if …?”. The exhibition is an extension of the artist’s practice, which is based on minimalist gestures and visual comments on the surrounding world and its current social issues. Koter was born in Miercurea Ciuc (Csíkszereda), a block minority region which is called Szeklerland (Székelyföld) or, in Romanian, Ținutul Secuiesc. Located in the geographical centre of Romania, this is where the majority of the Székelys, also known as Szeklers (a distinct ethnic group of Hungarian people), in Romania are currently living. Coming from this part of the country, Koter uses his artwork to subtly interpret the problems of this particular region.
”Plaything of power” refers to the several layers which are encoded in the long-term relations between Romanians and Szeklers, and to the tension between them which is kept up by both sides.
The second part of the exhibition, ”What if …?”, questions the moment when the Szekler flag was shown in the context of the massive protests that take place each night in Piața Victoriei/ Victoriei Square in Bucharest.
”Our Story is Better Than Yours” thus brings up some controversial issues that can be invisible to some, foregrounding the alterity of people living in the same place while variously experiencing the concerns of being with, within or without an ethnic minority. It may not be about looking for who is wrong and who is right, so much as looking at the story from another angle, one that enmeshes the human aspects of the situation together with an understanding of the concept of otherness.
Vilmos Koter graduated from the University of Art and Design in Cluj-Napoca. His past exhibitions and projects include: Altart, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2017); Žagarė Fringe Festival, Lithuania (2017); Korean Cultural Center, Budapest, Hungary (2017); GNAP Eastern Europe, Lăzarea, Romania (2017); Simultan, Timișoara, Románia (2017); tranzit.ro, Bucharest, Romania (2016); Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Gongju, South Korea (2016); Caucasus–Balkan Express, Bozar, Brussels, Belgium (2016); Caucasus–Balkan Express, Ljubljana, Slovenia (2015); Guangzhou, 53 Art Museum, China (2013); Wongol, South Korea (2013); Siló, Miercurea-Ciuc, Romania (2012); Geumgang Nature Art Biennale, Gongju, South Korea (2012);Binar Centre for Digital Culture, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2006); Masca Theatre, Bucharest, Romania (2006); Future House, Budapest, Hungary (2005); Tranzit House, Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2004).
This event is organised by Future Museum (Centrul Ceh (Czech Centre Bucharest), with the support of the Balassi Intézet – Bukaresti Magyar Intézet/Institutul Maghiar din București and Budějovický Budvar.
The Romania Journal supports the event as media partner.