Why Cered? What Cered? Nothing and Everything!
– dr. Katalin Keserü art historian –
The International Contemporary Symposium Cered was launched in 1996 with the aim of supporting the Northern Hungarian region with its professional artist society. This could be mainly achieved by organizing primarily thematic artcamps and thematic exhibitions of the artists’ colony and giving professional support for solo exhibitions
At the same time the leaders of the colony focus on the popularization of the invited professional artists as well as study the comparison of the contemporary art scene in the country and abroad.
Until 2014, including the 19th symposium, 20 countries and more than 250 artists participated the events.
The base Cered is lying in Northern Hungary’s magically beautiful surrounding, but is economically one of the most disadvantaged region. The art colony’s themes always closely relate to the relatively isolated geographical position of the village, but also to its culturally richness.
Since ten years, every symposium adapt Cered’s traditions and customs of the people who live here, use objects, intellectual memories, legends and the “raw material”, the village surrounding and micro landscape for acquisition.
Among the Hungarian artist colonies unique artistic process is how the invited national and international contemporary artists find their way along the different theme every year. What are the themes provoke in the artists, how do they reflect to the received message, what kind of creative responses are generated?
Since the beginning of the artist colony a growing relationship were established with similar organizations in other European countries. Mostly with Slovakian and Czech art organizations, who have been sending participants almost every year.
The artists’ colony is restricted by invitation. The national participants are well-known and established artists in the Hungarian art scene, the international artists are recommended by the cooperating partners, organizations, universities.
In 2010, the Art Colony published a 180 pages long, full color album about the first fifteen years of it’s existence.
Members of the Board:
Cecilia Kun art manager
Eszter Fürjesi marketing
László Sánta visual artist
Csaba Fürjesi art director
2007: The project Canvases were realized, in which the canvases, produced by the local village women were given to the Hungarian and foreign artists as basic material for their creative works. Curated by Dr. Katalin Keserű, arthistorian. Exhibition: Museum of History – Salgótarján and Losonc Museum and Gallery, Losonc (Slovakia).
2010, Clean Rooms: In this year the 15 artists received from 15 families in Cered their clean rooms as a “raw material”. Curated by art historian Zoltan Somhegyi. Exhibition: Museum of History, Salgótarján, City Gallery – Lendava (Slovenia) REÖK Palace, Szeged, Borderland Gallery – Cered.
2011, PROTOTÍPIA: Old photos, family photos, on the basis of authentic documents, were used for the creation of artworks. Curated by Endre Paksi Lehel, arthistorian.
2011 – BEAR CULT
According to the rich folklore of the village, the old stories of the citizens a photo documentation, video installation, was made. With involving actors of the capital a short fiction-movie was shot. The story and the script of the movie were already made several month ahead in close cooperation of the participated artists. Shooting location: Cered. Exhibition and film presentation: Museum of History – Salgótarján, Borderland Gallery – Cered.
2012, Object = Position:
Everyday objects, tools, furniture, etc.. found in the old village should be transformed to a work of art, thus the used items by contemporary artists achieved a new context. During the symposium a photo-documentation were made, which was exhibited in the Bela Dornyai Museum (former Muserum of History) in Salgotarjan, in January 2013, opened by the art historian Ildiko K. Peak. Exhibition: Bela Dornyai – Salgotarjan, Borderland Gallery – Cered.
2013, the GARDEN VISION:
The origin was the garden, which is more or less farmed by the citizen – either a large vegetable garden, front garden, or the concept of the garden. The artists selected their garden as raw material and could work there freely. The documentation of artworks and the application for the exhibition support is pending. Curated by the arthistorian Robert Natyi.
2014 THE MISSING GENERATION. Cered’s age structure shows that 35-45 year old citizen in the village is low. Projected to the entire population of the village the difference is even larger. The ambition of the project – as the theme itself suggests – the deficit itself – interpretation of a unique and universal mediation ability and the reaction to the wider multi-cultural and social phenomenon. Another object of the artists’ colony: to pay attention for the aging of a living village and its parallel isolation statement. Curated by arthistorian Krisztina Jerger.
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